Cara Delevingne & Luke Treadaway Join Cabaret This Spring

By Ellie Smith

4 months ago

Plus, other West End musicals to book now


An evening of all-consuming singing and dancing at the theatre is just what the doctor ordered. Book a seat at one of London’s best musicals, from long-standing classics to shiny newbies. Our latest fixation? Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, which has just announced the arrival of two new castmates coming this March: Cara Delevingne and Luke Treadaway.

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Cara Delevingne & Luke Treadaway Will Join The Cast Of Cabaret This Spring

A new wave of famous faces are set to take over the Kit Kat Club later this year, as the organisers of hit West End musical Cabaret announced that Cara Delevingne and Luke Treadaway will be stepping into the shoes of Sally Bowles and the Emcee.

Cara Delevingne, who has previously acted in film and TV projects, will be making her stage debut with Cabaret – taking over from pop star Rebecca Lucy, who has been playing Sally since September 2023. ‘There are no words to explain the excitement I have to return home to make my stage debut in such an iconic role,’ Delevingne said. ‘I cannot wait to be a part of this brilliant cast and production.’

Olivier award-winning actor Luke Treadaway, in contrast, is no stranger to treading the boards. He takes over the role of Emcee from a long list industry stars, including Jake Shears and Eddie Redmayne. ‘I can’t wait to become a member of the Kit Kat Club and join this extraordinary production,’ Treadaway said. ‘It’s a huge thrill to be asked to take this on and I’m very excited to get started.’

The two actors will be taking to the Kit Kat Club stage from 11 March to 1 June 2024.

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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

Having racked up seven Olivier Awards, this intimate revival of Cabaret is one of the West End’s hottest tickets. Set in Berlin on the cusp of the 1930s, the hit musical – which seats the audience on tables around the stage – charts the friendship between Sally and writer Cliff Bradshaw, with the plot revolving around a cabaret venue called the Kit Kat Club. In reality, we’re in the Playhouse Theatre, and you should make sure to arrive early to absorb tidbits of The Prologue around the bar and the rest of the building. Add stage-side dining and/or pre-drinks to your ticket to really enfold yourself in the Kit Kat Club. You can catch new additions Cara Delevingne and Luke Treadaway onstage from March 2024.

Details: Monday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Playhouse Theatre (Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE). Currently booking until February 2025. kitkat.club 

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Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical

Following shows in New York and LA – not to mention a sold-out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical has arrived on the West End for a limited run. Expect the film’s much-loved plot reimagined for the stage, with the addition of a whole host of ’90s hits from the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Boyz II Men.

Details: 2 February–14 April 2024 at The Other Palace Theatre (12 Palace Street, Victoria, London, SW1E 5JA). theotherpalace.co.uk

Just For One Day

History’s most famous concert is being reimagined as a London stage musical, debuting at The Old Vic in early 2024. The 1985 gig ran for 16 hours and was watched by over 160,000 people in person and over 1.5 billion people via the live broadcast. Curated by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money and awareness for Ethiopian famine relief, the musical will chronicle the lead-up to the big day, showcasing how ‘the day rock ‘n’ roll changed the world’ came to be. Read everything we know so far here.

Details: 26 January–30 March 2024 at The Old Vic theatre (103 The Cut, London SE1 8NB). oldvictheatre.com

 

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Lively, funny and life-affirming, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is returning for a limited run in 2024 (if you’re not London-based, catch the show on tour across the UK). It draws on the real-life story of Jamie Campbell, showcased on-screen in a 2011 documentary, a then-teenager living on a council estate in Sheffield who yearns to be accepted as a drag artist.

Details: Returning to Peacock Theatre (Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT) for a limited run from 8 February to 24 March 2024. everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Mrs. Doubtfire

Many of us will have fond memories of Robin Williams running around dressed as an old Scottish lady in the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire – so it was exciting news to hear that the award-winning story was making its way to the West End. The plot follows Daniel, an out-of-work actor who adopts the alter ego if Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire to stay in the lives of his kids after his recent divorce. But once Mrs Doubtfire comes to life, Daniel soon finds out how hard it can be to balance two different identities.

Details: Monday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Shaftesbury Theatre (210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP). Currently booking until 2025. mrsdoubtfiremusical.co.uk

 

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Six The Musical

This smash-hit musical has been crowned ‘the glory of the West End’ – and not just for its royal theme. Six tells the story of Henry VIII’s wives like never before, with Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard and Parr retelling their stories of love, loss and their infamous shared ex. The show, which was created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, is set to outrageous pop-rock music (and backed by the former queens’ all-female band, the Ladies in Waiting).

Details: Tuesday–Sunday evenings, with matinee shows on Sundays and Thursdays at Vaudeville Theatre (404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH). Currently booking until November 2024. sixthemusical.com

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Ever since Baz Luhrmann’s pop musical debuted back in 2001, Moulin Rouge has been the musical for those dreaming of living la vie de bohème in Paris. The glitzy stage version never gets old. A riot of music, colour and opulence set in 19th century Paris, the show follows the love affair of writer Christian and courtesan Satine. A brilliant score features reworked pop hits including ‘Lady Marmalade’ and ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’, plus the original song ‘Come What May’, which was written for the film.

Details: Monday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Piccadilly Theatre (Denman Street, W1D 7DY). Currently booking until June 2024. moulinrougemusical.co.uk 

Moulin Rouge the Musical

Matilda The Musical

One for the kids (or the kids at heart), Matilda The Musical has made a big name for itself over the past few years, based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book, created by the Royal Shakespeare Company with lyrics by Tim Minchin. Having won seven Olivier awards in 2012, the musical received a film version at the end of 2022. If you’d like to experience the magic of the screen on stage, this is the one for you.

Details: Tuesday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Cambridge Theatre (Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU). uk.matildathemusical.com

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical

The Book of Mormon

Since it debuted at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2013, The Book of Mormon has been delighting audiences with its witty, satirical humour. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone – the duo behind South Park – the show follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to promote their religion. It’s fun and light-hearted – but also thought-provoking, with a catchy soundtrack featuring fan favourites like ‘I Believe’ and ‘I Am Africa’.

Details: Monday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Fridays and Saturdays at the Prince of Wales Theatre (Coventry Street, W1D 6AS)thebookofmormonmusical.com 

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical

This acclaimed production about the life of artist Tina Turner smashed Box Office records when it debuted in 2018. It returned to the Aldwych Theatre last year, with Aisha Jawando taking on the role of Tina alongside Jammy Kasongo as Ike.

Details: Tuesday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Aldwych Theatre (49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF). tinathemusical.com

Tina Turner the Musical

Frozen The Musical

From Disney instant-classic to stage phenomenon, Frozen The Musical has been wow-ing audiences young and old since it debuted on the West End in September 2021. Perfect West End viewing, with all the pizzazz you could dream of.

Details: Wednesday–Sunday evenings, with matinee performances on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Theatre Royal Drury Lane (Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF). frozenthemusical.co.uk

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Wicked

Wicked is one of London’s longest running musicals of all time. No surprise to anyone who’s seen it: from the heart-warming story to its epic costumes and endlessly catchy songs, Wicked is a true masterpiece. Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the play re-imagines the Land of Oz, proposing an alternative universe to that of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. At its core, Wicked is the story of a deep friendship between two young women: the ostracised green Elphaba – later known as the Wicked Witch of the West – and beloved blonde Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.

Details: Tuesday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Apollo Victoria Theatre (17 Wilton Road, Pimlico, London SW1V 1LG). wickedthemusical.co.uk

Wicked

Helen Woolf (Glinda) and Nikki Bentley (Elphaba). Photo by Matt Crockett.

Hamilton

If you haven’t seen Hamilton yet, where have you been? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s jewel of a hip-hop musical about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton has garnered rave reviews worldwide – and the hype is going nowhere.

Details: Monday–Saturday evenings, with matinee shows on Thursdays and Saturdays at Victoria Palace Theatre (79 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5EA). hamiltonmusical.com

Cast of Hamilton onstage

Reuben Joseph as Hamilton, Waylon Jacobs, Jake Halsey-Jones and Emile Ruddock and Company. Photo by Danny Kaan

Les Misérables

The world’s longest running musical, Les Mis has returned to the refurbished and renamed Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen’s) for a limited season. Set in 19th century France, the musical dramatises Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel about ex-convict Jean Valjean, who is hunted for decades by the policeman Javert.

Details: Monday and Wednesday–Saturday evenings, with matinee performances on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Sondheim Theatre (51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA). lesmis.com

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The Lion King

This one needs no introduction. The theatrical version of Disney classic The Lion King returns to its London home for more than two decades this July, where it has been enjoyed by over 16 million people. Londoner Kayi Ushe takes on the role of Simba in his journey from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pridelands – a great one to see with the kids.

Details: Tuesday–Saturday evenings, with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Lyceum Theatre (21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ). thelionking.co.uk

Disney's The Lion King

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