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Cabaret (1974)



A musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, performed at the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham (15 August - 7 September 1974).


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.


Martin Connor ... Master of Ceremonies

Christian Roberts ... Cliff Bradshaw

Tim Brown ... Ernst Ludwig

Giles Cole ... Customs Officer

Doreen Andrew ... Fraulein Schneider

Carolyn Lister ... Fraulein Kost

John Sterland ... Herr Schultz

Graham Berown ... Taximan

Christopher Reeks ... Hermann, a sailor

Nigel Bowden ... Fritz, a sailor

Giles Cole ... Rudy, a sailor

Sam Naylor ... Otto

Zoë Wanamaker ... Sally Bowles

Vicky Spencer, Sammie Winmill, Stassia Stakis, Naomi Trapman, Helen Simnett, Trudi Hughes ... Kit Kat Girls

Sammie Winmill ... I`m Left (a lady)

Naomi Trapman ... And I`m Right (another lady)

Stassia Stakis ... Girl on the Telephone

Granville Saxton ... Max the Proprietor

Graham Berown ... Maitre `D`

Christopher Reeks ... Bobby

Sam Naylor ... Victor

Nigel Bowden ... Frank

Giles Cole ... Adolph

Granville Saxton, Graham Berown, Christopher Reeks, Sam Naylor, Nigel Bowden, Giles Cole ... Waiters, etc.

Sammie Winmill ... A Rather Attractive Gorilla

Waiter ... A Rather Distracting Spaniel

The Redgrave Players ... Customers in the Club


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


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.


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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