Come To The Cabaret

CABARET has won 12 Tony Awards, 8 Academy Awards and 7 BAFTA awards, made stars out of Joel Grey, Judi Dench and the incredible Liza Minelli and had acclaimed productions from Broadway to the West End and throughout the world. Now it is returning to Melbourne with an all new Australian revival production starring Paul Capsis, Deborah Krizak and Kate Fitzpatrick.


The Kit Kat Club will be returning to the home of innovative new Australian Theatre, Hayes Theatre Co, for a premiere season from 9 January 2017 before transferring to Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from 27 April 2017.

Fifty years ago in 1966, the original Broadway production made a household name of Joel Grey who shook audiences as The Emcee. Two years later an unassuming Judi Dench stole the show as Sally Bowles on London’s West End. Arguably the most iconic movie musical of all time made a star of Liza Minnelli when she brought Sally Bowles to the silver screen directed by Bob Fosse. Now Sydney will showcase some of Australia’s best musical talent including the dazzling Paul Capsis, the incomparable Kate Fitzpatrick and the much loved Debora Krizak.

CABARET is a musical retelling of ‘The Berlin Stories’ by Christopher Isherwood who exchanged his upper-middle-class conservative upbringing for the sexual freedom and social liberation of Berlin during the bustling 1930s. This novel was then adapted by iconic musical theatre team Kander and Ebb into a semi-autobiographical portrait of Isherwood’s life, celebrate a life lived on the edge.

At a time when much of society is again vulnerable to destructive powers, David M. Hawkins is proud to bring an innovative and exciting new production to Australia.

“My aim is to create a new production of CABARET that engages audiences unlike any previous production, and to do that I believe we need to return to the original source material.  The universal issue of the human condition at the core of CABARET comes from Christopher Isherwood and his perception of what it was like to live in Berlin during the rise of Hitler,” Hawkins said.

 “The Weimer period offers many exciting theatrical techniques like Brecht’s that are present in the script that should be explored.  I want Isherwood’s Berlin to be the heart of this production to open endless new layers.”

Casting is still underway for the rest of the production, including the legendary musical theatre role of Sally Bowles with her Act One anthem ‘Maybe This Time’. For the latest news and to book tickets, visit