his 2007 production of Cabaret, which returns to London with all its grotesquery intact, plus a couple of star names in the leads. With it being just over a month since I saw I Am A Camera, it's easy to spot some of the major changes Joe Masteroff made to John Van Druten's play and Christopher Isherwood's original stories - most notably the conflation of Isherwood's character with that of Clive Mortimer, so now the outsider's view of Berlin is provided by Clifford Bradshaw, an impoverished, bisexual American wannabe writer. There's also a gentler, more emotional storyline to the subplot where landlady Fräulein Schneider makes concessions to the rising Nazis for an easy life, as well as the creation of a new lead character as we see some of the Kit Kat Klub where Sally sings, and its enigmatic Emcee.
Other malevolent moments include a drooling, vomiting "Money Song" and the vicious reveal of "If You Could See Her" (which I think has been restaged, more simply, since I last saw the show) but as well as laying the musical's politics bare Norris has also used the opportunities of the Cabaret setting in more fun ways, like the visual comedy of "Two Ladies," and of course the Emcee presides over a sexy ensemble of androgynous Boys and Girls. Early on there's a as Nuno Silva gets his Helmut out (I would have chosen to display Ian Parsons' Hans myself, but as with all the Boys and Girls plus Young, Parsons does at least get his arse out for the show's final slap in the face.)
Cabaret by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb is booking until the 19th of January at the Savoy Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including interval.