Originally supported by Oxford University, Crisis Skylight, Unity Theatre, David Teale Foundation and the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation, with funding from Arts Council England.
From 20s Weimar Cabaret of gay and feminist liberation A Berlin Kabaret transports us across the Atlantic to the damning propaganda of McCarthy’s America. The show includes powerful songs and chilling documentary testimony, set against a backdrop of the burning streets of Berlin, which reflect personal and political dilemmas that feel as sharply relevant now as they did when they were first written.
Five star performers sing classic songs of resistance, love and exile by the political writers of the 20th century from Europe and the USA. A Berlin Kabaret engages a whole new generation of audiences, reminding us that “those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
Lyricists and composers include:
Irving Berlin, Bertolt Brecht, Elton Britt, Hanns Eisler, Friedrich Hollander, Hans Leip, Carson Robison, Marcellus Schiffer, Norbert Schultz, Kurt Schwabach, Mischa Spoliansky, Kurt Tucholsky, and Joseph Atkins.
With English Translations by Jeremy Lawrence, Eric Bentley, Peter Cox and Jessica Walker.
Cast for the 2018 regional tour: Alison Arnopp, Lynwen Haf Roberts, Richard Maxted and Luke Ward-Walton