Cabaret // English Theatre Frankfurt 2018

by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book)

 

director: Tom Littler

musical supervisor and orchestrator: Tom Attwood

choreographer: Cydney Uffindell-Phillips

lighting designer: Richard G Jones

sound designer: Stephan Weber

 

photographer: Martin Kaufhold

 

”Everything about this production is great… Imaginatively staged and authentic, at times a crazy 1920s cabaret, a threepenny opera, wild, colourful and frivolous, yet also full of quiet moments and pain… An impressive, adaptable set changes at breakneck speed to become a railway station concourse, a poor guesthouse or a nightclub, while the live band plays from inside the train carriage which dominates the stage. At the end, the train leaves revealing all the chairs from the club piled high, and suggesting how the story will continue: war, holocaust, destruction.” Frankfurter Rundschau

”Grimly atmospheric… The stage is dominated by a railway carriage in which the band play - an intelligent and eye-catching design delivering an oppressive punchline at the end, suggesting the fate suffered by so many people during the Nazi era.” Frankfurter Allgemeine

”It evokes that transitional period in Berlin, when everyone was on the move and it seemed nothing would change… Only at the end, just when no-one expects it, the train begins to leave and we see the party is over.” Frankfurter Neue Presse

”An impressively dark musical staging, one of the best productions in years.” Offenbach Post

"Musical and visual excellence…an impressive stage and costume design from Simon Kenny… Alongside sexy and frivolous club scenes, there is also the clear danger of political apathy and the creeping societal shift towards nationalism. Energetic from the start and increasingly shattering; an intense production." Kulturfreak