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Cabaret (15)

26 January

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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An iconic, incredibly stylish study of the hedonism and sexual ambiguity of pre-war Berlin, Cabaret was a huge, multi Oscar-winning hit for choreographer and director Bob Fosse in 1972, and made Liza Minnelli (who won Best Actress) a star.

Often described as a musical for people who don’t like musicals, it sets its scene in Berlin during the 1931 Weimar Republic, against a backdrop of increasing anti-semitism and the growth of the Nazi Party. Loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical by Kander and Ebb, itself adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin, it follows Brian (Michael York), a new British arrival in the city, as he befriends Sally Bowles (Minnelli), a talented performer at the risqué Kit Kat Klub – with whom he navigates the decadence and nihilism of a city on the brink of war.

Full of brilliantly choreographed set-pieces, Cabaret influenced generations of filmmakers and remains a key queer cinema film with its early exploration of bisexuality on screen. It is also still a vibrant and incredibly singular musical, with its focus on the dark heart of 1930s Berlin, centred around a truly fabulous performance from Minnelli, evincing both exuberance and vulnerability as she wields glamour against despair.

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk #bfimusicals

Winner of eight Academy Awards, this holds up as a great musical of style and sleaze.

★★★★ Empire Magazine
  • Director Bob Fosse
  • Cast Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem
  • Running time 2h4m
  • Certificate 15
  • Country USA
  • Year of production 1972

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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