facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
# I MISS THEATRE
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen.

Alistair McGowan becomes Cabaret Emcee

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 22 April 2008

Actor, comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan continues his association with West End musicals by joining the cast of Cabaret on 21 April. The former Big Impression star, who played crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in Little Shop Of Horrors last year, replaces fellow comedian Julian Clary as the Emcee of Cabaret’s Kit Kat Klub. He joins a cast that includes Amy Nuttall, Angela Richards and fellow Little Shop star Barry James.

McGowan is best known for his impressions of stars including David Beckham, Gary Lineker, Sven Goran Eriksson and half the cast of EastEnders, which delighted the nation in his show The Big Impression, winning a BAFTA in 2003.

In recent years he has built a reputation as a musical theatre performer, appearing first in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Merry Wives: The Musical, before replacing Jasper Britton as Scrivello opposite James’s Mushnik in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s hit production of Little Shop Of Horrors, a performance for which he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. Earlier this year he appeared in the title role of The Mikado at the Gielgud.

Away from musicals, his previous theatrical credits include Art (Wyndham’s), Kafka’s Dick, Endgame (both Nottingham Playhouse) and The Government Inspector (Chichester).

The current Rufus Norris-directed revival of Cabaret opened at the Lyric in October 2006, with Anna Maxwell Martin playing Sally Bowles and Sheila Hancock giving a Laurence Olivier Award-winning performance as Fraulein Schneider. The Kander and Ebb musical is set in Weimar Berlin of 1931. At the Kit Kat Klub, a hive of decadence and moral ambiguity, the performers and patrons seek solace from the realities of the changing world and the onset of war.

Cabaret is currently booking until November 2008. em>MA

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.