Cara Delevingne is about to experience an English performer's rite of passage. The model-turned-actor has snatched up the coveted role of Sally Bowles in the current production of Cabaret on London's West End.
Delevingne will make her stage debut at the Playhouse Theatre on March 11, which has transformed into the debauched Kit Kat Club of Weimar Berlin. Delevingne will join the cast, which includes Olivier award-winning actor Luke Treadaway as Emcee, for 12 weeks in total. Her final performance is scheduled for June 1, 2024.
"There are no words to explain the excitement I have to return home to make my stage debut in such an iconic role," said Delevingne. Adding, "I cannot wait to be a part of this brilliant cast and production".
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Delevingne and Treadaway will replace the current Sally Bowles and Emcee, Rebecca Lucy and Jake Shears, who have performed the role since September 2023. It's not the first time Cabaret has attracted a Hollywood name either; Eddie Redmayne played the Emcee back in 2021, and Maude Apatow secured the role of Sally Bowles in June 2023.
For those unfamiliar with the narrative, the musical transports audiences back in time to 1930s Berlin, just years before Hitler and the Nazi regime gained power. It's against this backdrop that struggling American writer Clifford Bradshaw encounters cabaret performer Sally Bowles in the seedy Kit Kat Klub. Their love blooms, but as the situation in Europe grows ominous, their relationship is tested and tragedy ensues.
This production of Cabaret opened on the West End in December 2021, and in 2022 it took home an unprecedented seven Olivier Awards – the most for any musical revival. It will be an opportunity for Delevingne to show off her little heard pipes. Although, if you've been a fan of Delevingne's since her early modelling years, you'll recall are impressive. A triple threat? Can't say we're surprised.