In a momentous leap into the world of theatre, Cara Delevingne is slated to grace the stage of London’s West End, making her theatrical debut in the timeless classic, ‘Cabaret.’ The model and actress will step into the iconic shoes of Sally Bowles, a role that has captivated audiences for generations. Alongside Delevingne, Luke Treadaway, an Olivier Award winner renowned for his performance in ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ is set to embody the enigmatic character of the Emcee. This new duo will take the baton from musicians Self Esteem and Jake Shears, who have portrayed these pivotal roles since the previous year.
‘Cabaret,’ an enduring masterpiece of the musical theater repertoire, is set against the backdrop of Berlin in the twilight years of the Jazz Age, as the shadow of the Nazi regime begins to loom. The narrative delves into the intoxicating world of the Kit Kat Klub, exploring the complex relationship between American writer Clifford Bradshaw and English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, all under the watchful eye of the Emcee.
Delevingne, whose acting prowess has been showcased in films like ‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ and the television series ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ expressed her profound excitement about her stage debut: “There are no words to explain the excitement I have to return home to make my stage debut in such an iconic role. I am so inspired by the brilliant actors who have played Sally in past productions around the world and in this one in the West End. I cannot wait to be a part of this brilliant cast and production.”
Echoing the sentiment, Treadaway conveyed his eagerness to join the distinguished production: “I can’t wait to become a member of the Kit Kat Club and join this extraordinary production. It’s a huge thrill to be asked to take this on and I’m very excited to get started.”
With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff, ‘Cabaret’ is based on the 1951 play ‘I Am a Camera’ by John Van Druten and the 1939 novel ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ by Christopher Isherwood. The West End production, under the direction of Rebecca Frecknall, features beloved songs such as ‘Wilkommen,’ ‘Don’t Tell Mama,’ and ‘Mein Herr.’ Delevingne and Treadaway are set to commence their performances on March 11, continuing through June, at the Playhouse Theatre, a joint venture between Ambassador Theatre Group and Underbelly.
As ‘Cabaret’ continues to dazzle audiences in London, a Broadway rendition starring Eddie Redmayne and Gail Rankin is poised for its debut in April, adding another illustrious chapter to the musical’s storied legacy.
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