A bespoke space in London’s West End will become the Kit Kat Club for a new production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret with Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne
Jessie Buckley is to play Sally Bowles in a new West End production of Cabaret alongside Eddie Redmayne as the Emcee, producers confirmed today.
The new production of Kander and Ebb’s classic musical, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, will open in a bespoke performance space in London this November, according to Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and Underbelly.
The venue will become the Kit Kat Club – the central setting for the show which tells the story of cabaret singer Sally Bowles and her friends against the backdrop of the rise of Nazism in Germany in the early 1930s. The audience capacity will be capped at just 550.
Further details including full casting will be announced soon.
Frecknall said: “It’s such a privilege to have the opportunity to direct Cabaret, a show that has always been dear to my heart. It’s thrilling to be able to approach this classic and important musical at a time when its themes and atmosphere feel so contemporary and resonant.
“I’m in awe of my incredible creative team who have come together to create a bold new production as well as a new ‘Kit Kat Club’, a bespoke home where we can truly embrace and unlock the world of Cabaret for a new audience.”
Set and costume design is by Tom Scutt with choreography by Julia Cheng, musical supervision and direction by Jennifer Whyte, lighting design by Isabella Byrd and sound design by Nick Lidster. The casting director is Stuart Burt and the associate director is Jordan Fein.
Buckley has appeared on stage in shows including A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Tempest at The Globe, Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre and Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre alongside roles in TV and film including the National Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, Fargo, Chernobyl, The Woman in White, Taboo, War and Peace, Judy, Wild Rose and I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
Redmayne is now best known for his film work such as the Fantastic Beasts franchise, The Aeronauts, The Danish Girl and The Theory of Everything but has also appeared on stage in Richard II, Red and Hecuba at the Donmar Warehouse, Now or Later at the Royal Court, The Goat at the Almeida Theatre and Apollo Theatre, Master Harold and the Boys at Liverpool Everyman and Twelfth Night at The Globe.
The creative team includes designer Tom Scutt, musical director Jennifer Whyte, lighting designer Isabella Byrd and sound designer Nick Lidster.