Since opening at November’s end, a revival of enduring musical hit Cabaret has become the hottest ticket in ‘s West End, lauded by critics, and leaving some fans gushing ‘it’s the show of a lifetime’.
However, theatregoers hoping for tickets to see the star-studded production, which is set in a cabaret club as the Second World War breaks out, are likely to be left disappointed – unless they have very deep pockets.
The show, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Emcee, the nightclub’s charismatic master of ceremonies, Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles, in a role originally made famous by Liza Minnelli, amd Omari Douglas as writer Clifford Bradshaw, is at London’s Playhouse Theatre, which has been transformed into the Kit Kat Club.
The cheapest tickets – from £30 – have long since been snapped up and while many are still widely available, they come with an eye-watering price tag…seats in the stalls for two can cost up to £620, which some have slammed as ‘elitist’ and ‘prohibitive’ – suggesting a mini-break in foreign climes might be cheaper.
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2022’s hottest ticket?Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley star as Emcee and Sally Bowles in the latest revival of the Berlin nightclub musical Cabaret. However, theatre fans have complained that ticket prices – currently around £250 to see the show in January – are ‘prohibitive’ , ‘elitist’ and ‘extortionate’
While the London Playhouse Theatre maintains tickets have always been available from £30, only the most expensive seats are now left for many of the upcoming performances that feature Redmayne and Buckley
Tickets from March 21st are considerably cheaper but casting for the show has yet to be announced for those dates.
The Playhouse Theatre told MailOnline the show is a ‘remarkable theatrical experience and the pricing of our intimate auditorium is in line with other West End musicals.’
Among those trying to buy a ticket this week for the musical, which was written in 1966 by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was television personality Fern Britton, who took to Twitter to comment on the expensive prices.
She wrote: ‘Just tried to book 1 ticket for Cabaret in the west end starring Eddie Redmayne.Rave reviews and selling out. Price £310 gulp. So, I won’t be going…’
Others were equally aggrieved at the high prices; @mrsgroovie added: ‘For £310 per ticket – PER TICKET – I’d want Eddie to personally mersin escort me to my seat. No adding to basket for me. I know theatres need to make up for COVID losses but prices like this…’
@ChrisK3454 tweeted the theatre, saying: ‘@TheatrPlayhouse £298 to see Cabaret!I’ll pass thanks and watch the film again. Theatres aren’t levelling up then. Elitist and I don’t want to hear that it’s Covid. Possibly cost less to go to another country.’
@FalmouthSeaside wrote: ‘My daughter was offered tickets for the Redmayne Cabaret but refused them, huge amount of money to sit in the Gods…’
Stellar cast, stellar prices: Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne attend the gala performance after party for Cabaret on Sunday night
London’s Playhouse Theatre has been turned into a pre-war Berlin-style nightclub for the run of the musical – with guests offered schnapps or a beer on arrival as it mimics the speakeasies of the time.
The production has won rave reviews from the critics this week, with the Daily Mail’s Patrick Marmion giving it four out of five stars.
The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish said the rework sent ‘shivers down the spine’ and that people will ‘kill-for-a-ticket’.Meanwhile, the Guardian called Redmayne’s take on Emcee ‘electric’.
Some have defended the high prices. @BatesyT84 wrote: ‘There are more expensive shows to see in the West End than Cabaret and many of those are are not as strong.
‘This is a once in a lifetime show.Stop moaning about the price. Pay for great art when you can.’
Explaining how the ticket sale structure works for Cabaret, producers for the show told MailOnline: ‘As with any show, tickets at a lower price always sell first.
‘For our first booking period there were 15,000 tickets priced at £50 and under and for our longer second booking period there are 20,000 tickets priced at £50 and under.
‘This equates to 20 per cent of the auditorium.For every performance there is also a lottery with six exceptional £25 seats, including table seating.’
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