Cabaret in West End reveals new cast with Jake Shears and Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem

Jake Shears and Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem are to join the cast of Cabaret in the West End this summer.

The pair will lead new casting for the hit revival at the Kit Kat Club at London’s Playhouse Theatre from Monday 25 September 2023. Tickets are on sale now here

Singer, songwriter, actor and writer Jake Shears, best known as the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, will play the Emcee with BRIT-nominated popstar Rebecca Lucy Taylor as Sally Bowles.

Jake Shears said: “It is my privilege and honour to play the Emcee in this incredible show. I am especially excited to be sharing the stage with the force that is Self Esteem. This role has been a lifetime dream of mine and I couldn’t imagine a better production of it to be a part of.”

Rebecca Lucy Taylor added: “I’ve never made a secret of my love of theatre and I honestly couldn’t be more excited about getting to make my stage debut as one of the greatest leads of all time. I’ve joked for years that there’s no need for a Self Esteem musical really because Sally’s story covers most of the points and here we are. I am both artistically and emotionally raring to take on this challenge. Pinch me!”

They join Nathan Ives-Moiba as Clifford Bradshaw, Beverley Klein as Fraulein Schneider and Teddy Kempner as Herr Schultz.

Emily Benjamin will continue as the production’s alternate Sally Bowles until 18 October, with Nic Myers taking over (scheduled to perform once a week) from 19 October.

Also joining the company on 25 September are Wilf Scolding as Ernst Ludwig, Jessica Kirton as Fraulein Kost/Fritzie, Liv Alexander as Texas, Natalie Chua as Frenchie, Taite-Elliot Drew as Hans, Damon Gould as Victor, El Haq Latief as Helga and Travis Ross as Bobby.

Continuing are Laura Delany as Rosie, Grant Neal as Herman/Max and Hicaro Nicolai as Lulu. The cast is completed by Rebecca Lisewski, Ela Lisondra, Nic Myers, Andy Rees, Toby Turpin and Patrick Wilden.

From 16 October, the prologue company will be Rachel Benson, Ami Benton, Onyemachi Ejimofor, Joseph Hardy, Liz Kamille, Andrew Linnie, Aine McLoughlin, Jack William Parry, Jazmyn Raikes, Oliver Stockley and Ena Yamaguchi.

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Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff. The acclaimed musical includes the iconic songs Wilkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, Money and the title number.

The current Cabaret West End cast features Mason Alexander Park as The Emcee and Maude Apatow as Sally Bowles.

Opening in 2021, the new West End revival production from director Rebecca Frecknall won a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards. A new cast recording was released in 2023.

The show is set to transfer to Broadway in 2024.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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