Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret at the Barbican
Tuesday 12 June 2018
Cabaret - Shows
Barry Humphries and cabaret diva Meow Meow host a risqué, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic at the Barbican from 11 July.
Image: Barbican Theatre
Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret will be playing at the Barbican from 11 to 29 July.
According to Mr Humphries the show is about "the music Hitler hated and you will love".
Best known, perhaps, as Dame Edna Everage, Barry Humphries sets aside his alter ego on this occasion to share his personal passion for a period that has long fascinated him.
The time and place in question is the Berlin of the 1920s and 30s when "hedonistic partying and social revolution turned nightclubs into hotbeds of decadent entertainment".
Mr Humphries is set to give witty anecdotes and irreverent asides to provide interludes between a treasure trove of songs and instrumentals.
He's joined by cabaret star Meow Meow who will deliver Kurt Weill standards alongside rarities from Friedrich Hollaender, Ernst Krenek and Erwin Schulhoff.
The two hosts, both world-renowned Australian artists, will be accompanied live onstage by London's trailblazing Aurora Orchestra.
Here are the stars talking about the show ...
Some describe it as cabaret's golden age: the remarkable period in 1920s and 30s' Berlin when hedonistic partying and social revolution turned nightclubs into hotbeds of decadent entertainment.
Reawakening that spirit in this revelatory concert, the hosts acquaint us with the oft-forgotten composers of the time, many Jewish, whose art would soon be condemned as 'degenerate' by the Nazis, dancing as it did on the edge of a precipice.
Production: Fiery Angel
From: Wednesday 11 July 2018
Closed: Sunday 29 July 2018
Standard: From £32
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