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15 - 21 Jun 2018

Step into the glamorous world of cabaret as we celebrate one of the greatest, most influential musical theatre composers of the 20th Century. 

A co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with City Varieties Music Hall

Join us on an exhilarating tour of highlights from the Kurt Weill songbook, from the smoky cafés of 1920s Berlin to the Broadway stages of the 1940s.

Weill’s show-stopping hits include standards such as ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘September Song’ and a host of other numbers made famous by artists ranging from Sinatra to Bowie, from Streisand to Simone. 

Directed by one of the most inspirational figures in British theatre, Giles Havergal, whose work for Opera North includes popular hits The Barber of Seville and The Merry Widow, this unique show features a fabulous ensemble of singers drawn from the award-winning Chorus of Opera North, stars of Opera North’s acclaimed productions of Carousel and Into the Woods. Together they’ll bring you a cabaret of delights in the atmospheric surroundings of Leeds’ beautiful Victorian music hall, the City Varieties.

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Running Time

Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes (including 20 minute interval)


Sung in English and German

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Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson / Bertolt Brecht / Michael Feingold / Paul Green / Alan Jay Lerner / George Tabori / Marc Blitzstein / Jacques Deval / Ira Gershwin / Langston Hughes / Ogden Nash / Arnold Weinstein
Text and Format by Gene Lerner
Musical arrangements by Newton Wayland
Originally directed by Donald Saddler
Originally produced by Gene Lerner and Hank Kaufman
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

What the critics say

...it works handsomely...having the songs accompanied, superbly, by Martin Pickard on piano means that we hear more, not less...pin-sharp...

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

...staging and precision was truly remarkable, every movement had motivation and it was clear and concise...musically stunning...

North West End - Full Review ›

The strength of the Opera North Chorus is obvious, not only in some powerful or amusing ensembles but in stylish solos...

The Reviews Hub - Full Review ›



  • Soprano Amy Freston
  • Soprano Lorna James
  • Mezzo-soprano Laura Kelly-McInroy
  • Mezzo-soprano Amy J. Payne
  • Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Walker
  • Tenor Alex Banfield
  • Tenor Stuart Laing
  • Tenor Nicholas Watts
  • Baritone Richard Mosley-Evans
  • Bass Dean Robinson
  • Bass Gordon D. Shaw
Creative Team
  • Musical Director Martin Pickard
  • Director Giles Havergal
  • Designer Catherine Morgan
  • Choreographer Darren Royston

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City Varieties Music Hall
Swan Street

What you say

Comment from Charles Dobson


Charles Dobson said ago

A fantastic evening! Wonderful singing, sensitive accompaniment, and very slick and stylish movement and dancing. It was particularly interesting to see the contrast between Weill's earlier (Berlin) songs - very satirical, sharp, quite modernistic despite the popular veneer - and his songs for Broadway when he had consciously become more American than the natives. And a tantalising suggestion at the end of the show of what he might have gone on to achieve, by way of a synthesis between his "Berlin" and "Broadway" styles, if he hadn't died prematurely. Not to be missed.

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