19:45, Tue 6th – Sat 10th November 2012 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 5
“There was a Cabaret. And there was a Master of Ceremonies. And there was a city called Berlin, in a country called Germany. And it was the end of the world…”
It’s New Year’s Eve 1930 and the ghoulish Master of Ceremonies lures us into the smoky Kit Kat Klub where sexual experimentation and debauchery run wild. The American writer, Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in Berlin and we follow him as he becomes lost in the hedonistic world of the cabaret and falls for the star performer, Sally Bowles. The boarding house owner, Fräulein Schneider also starts to believe in love when Herr Schultz, a Jewish greengrocer proposes to her. However, the show’s characters cannot escape the reality of growing Nazi terror and the sumptuous safe-haven of the Kit Kat Klub is put under threat. As Berlin implodes, so the cabaret descends from glamour to grotesque and the results are devastating.