Come to the Cabaret

Cabaret is a big art form in Australia with entire venues and even festivals set up to accommodate this form of artistic expression. But there is only one Kit Kat Club which sets the scene for the exploration of Berlin’s vibrant undercurrents that can be seen in Cabaret. Following a sellout season at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre, The Kit Kat Club is coming back to Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from 27 April with Paul Capsis as Emcee and Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles.


Cabaret was inspired by The Berlin Stories from Christopher Isherwood who exchanged his upper-middle-class conservative upbringing for the sexual freedom and social liberation of Berlin during the busting 1930s. Adapted by infamous song and lyric team Kander and Ebb who are the geniuses behind long-running hit Chicago, Cabaret became a semi-autobiographical recount of Isherwood’s life celebrated on stage.

With the production set to the background of the rise of Hitler, producer David M. Hawkins believes that now is the time for a revival of this classic work at a time when much of society is again vulnerable to destructive powers.

“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.

Leading this new incarnation will be iconic Australian entertainer Paul Capsis as Emcee, the role which launched Broadway favourite Joel Grey into a household name and won Alan Cumming a Tony Award. Performing some of the most iconic songs from the musical theatre canon including ‘Maybe this Time’ and ‘Mein Heir’ will be Australian leading lady Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles stepping into a pair of well-worn shoes by the likes of Liza Minelli and Judi Dench.

Joining this leading pair will be Kate Fitzpatrick as Fräulein Schneider, Debora Krizak as Fräulein Kost, John O’May as Herr Schultz and Jason Kos as Clifford Bradshaw alongside a cast of incredible Australian musical theatre talent yet to be announced.

Cabaret will run for a strictly limited season at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from April 27 performing Monday to Saturday with VIP Kit Kat Club table seats also available. For more information and to book ticket, visit