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Cabaret (1974)

Cabaret

A musical based on the play by Jan Van Druten, stories by Christopher Isherwood, and book by Joe Masteroff, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb; performed at the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham: 15 August - 7 September 1974.

Overview

The cast and crew involved with this production of Cabaret invited theatregoers to 'relive with us the extraordinary atmoshphere of ''Cabaret'' - Berlin - 1930' (extract from the theatre programme). 

At Berlin's seedy Kit Kat Klub, young British entertainer Sally Bowles is the headline act who catches the eye of an American writer, Cliff Bradhsaw. 

Their troubled relationship is played out in the shadow of the political and social unrest surrounding the Nazis' rise to power during the Thirties.

Cast

Master of Ceremonies ... Martin Connor
Cliff Bradshaw ... Christian Roberts
Ernst Ludwig ... Tim Brown
Customs Officer ... Giles Cole
Fraulein Schneider ... Doreen Andrew
Fraulein Kost ... Carolyn Lister
Herr Schultz ... John Sterland
Taximan ... Graham Berown
Hermann, a sailor ... Christopher Reeks
Fritz, a sailor ... Nigel Bowden
Rudy, a sailor ... Giles Cole
Otto ... Sam Naylor
Sally Bowles ... Zo Wanamaker
Kit Kat Girls ... Vicky Spencer, Sammie Winmill, Stassia Stakis, Naomi Trapman, Helen Simnett, Trudi Hughes
I`m Left (a lady) ... Sammie Winmill
And I`m Right (another lady) ... Naomi Trapman
Girl on the Telephone ... Stassia Stakis
Max the Proprietor ... Granville Saxton
Maitre `D` ... Graham Berown
Bobby ... Christopher Reeks
Victor ... Sam Naylor
Frank ... Nigel Bowden
Adolph ... Giles Cole
Waiters, etc. ... Granville Saxton, Graham Berown, Christopher Reeks, Sam Naylor, Nigel Bowden, Giles Cole
A Rather Attractive Gorilla ... Sammie Winmill
A Rather Distracting Spaniel ... Waiter
Customers in the Club ... The Redgrave Players

Crew

Director: Bill Gaunt
Set Designer: Paul Wright
Costume Designer: Jan Wright
Musical Director: Zena Cooper
Choreographer: Michael Vernon
Assistant to Choreographer: Vicky Spencer
Lighting and Sound: James Laws
Films Editor: Kevin Armstrong
Orchestrations adapted from the original by Robert Stewart
Piano: Zena Cooper
Saxophone/clarinet: Peter Jarvis
Trumpet: Peter Cameron
Percussion: John Beadle
Poster Designer: Natalie Covell
Production Photographer: Michael Sargent

Notes

The theatre programme for this production of Cabaret, which was presented by the Farnham Repertory Company, points out that the character of Sally Bowles is based on a real club singer who entertained the crowds in Berlin. 

Zoe won considerable praise for her portrayal of Sally - which saw her performing numerous songs, including 'Mama', 'Perfectly Marvellous', and 'Cabaret' - and has described working on the musical as 'one of the best things that's ever happened to me' (see 'Zoe Wanamaker - New Funny Girl in Town'  interview).

The spectacle of Cabaret benefitted greatly from the modern technical facilities available at the Farnham Repertory Company's new theatre, as The Stage pointed out.  The musical was one of the first productions to be staged there.

Merchandise

The Complete Cabaret Collection - Vocal Selections - Souvenir Edition by John Kander and Fred Ebb (song lyrics and extracts from the musical score)


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