The director of this UK Tour; Rufus Norris has created a show like no other where you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, and has you on the edge of your seat for the entire performance.
John Partridge gave a hilarious and moving performance of his character Emcee. Partridge conveyed the slap stick nature of his character Emcee and his risqué remarks made him an exceedingly lovable character. As well as multi rolling, Partridge’s character was used to help move the story along like a narrator. One of my favourite moments in the show was Emcee’s monologue at the end, which had the entire audience infixed on him and left all of us in complete silence and shock. This monologue gave me goose bumps and truly showed what an amazing actor John Partridge is. Partridge seamlessly transitioned from his over the top character to a more solemn and serious one, as the show went on. Over all Partridge had complete control over the audience’s emotions throughout.
Sally Boules played by Kara Lily Hayworth was played perfectly; she embodied the character brilliantly with her directness and confidence. As well as this her performance of ‘Maybe This Time’ was moving and truly showed Sally’s pain and sadness at that point in the show.
One thing about this show that was incredible was the entire cast and their amazing chemistry, which made it impossible to look away at any part of the show.
The set in the show was minimal yet effective. Designer Katrina Lindsay created a minimal set which portrayed the mysterious and raunchy setting in the show. The set helped enhance the performance rather than take away from it. I enjoyed this as every part of set on stage had a use or meaning, rather than it just being there for the sake of it or just to fill up the stage, making it very practical and easy to watch as you weren’t being overwhelmed by set. The lighting, designed by Tim Oliver blended in nicely with the set and the use of projections throughout were very effective. I particularly liked the flickering lights as the show took a darker turn towards the end, to show their optimism and hopes slowly dimming.
Overall as well as being one of the most moving musicals I’ve ever seen, this show pushes the limits, and conveys a powerful political message. I highly recommend that you go to see Cabaret while it is still touring as the design, direction and cast are absolutely brilliant, and shouldn’t be missed.
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