Michael Hayden to Join Anna Maxwell Martin for West End Cabaret

News   Michael Hayden to Join Anna Maxwell Martin for West End Cabaret Anna Maxwell Martin will take on the role of Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ forthcoming revival of Cabaret. The Kander and Ebb musical previews at the West End’s Lyric Theatre Sept. 22 and opens Oct. 10.

It was to the Lyric that Norris’ Almeida production of Festen transferred before moving to Broadway.

Martin first came to prominence in the National Theatre production of His Dark Materials. Other credits include The Coast of Utopia and Honour.

Cabaret's spokesperson also confirmed to Playbill.com that James Dreyfus, who is currently appearing in Frayn’s Donkeys’ Years, will play the Emcee.

The cast also includes Sheila Hancock and American actor Michael Hayden, who will play Cliff Bradshaw, a role which he took on in the Broadway run of Sam Mendes’ production in 1999. Hayden also starred in the Broadway production of Festen.

The musical was turned into an eight-times Oscar-winning 1972 movie starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. Prior to the movie Cabaret premiered on Broadway 1966. The musical returned to New York with Mendes' famous Tony-winning production, which premiered at London's Donmar and starred Alan Cumming (London and Broadway) and Natasha Richardson (Broadway only) in the roles made famous by Gray and Minnelli on screen. Joe Masteroff’s book for Cabaret was based on John van Druten’s play I Am a Camera, itself inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin stories. The musical was the second collaboration between Kander (music) and Ebb (lyrics). Their other work includes Chicago; Flora, The Red Menace; 70, Girls, 70; The Act; The Rink; Steel Pier; and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Set in pre-war Weimer Berlin, the show follows the fortunes of Sally Bowles, who performs at the infamously decadent Kit Kat Klub.

The revival reunites Norris with designer Katrina Lindsay, who worked on Norris’ production of Market Boy at the National.

Cabaret is produced by Bill Kenwright with choreography by Venezualan-born Javier De Frutos.

For more on Cabaret, visit www.cabaret-the-musical.com or call (0)870890 1107.

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