Effigies of Wickedness

Gate Theatre

Effigies of Wickedness

02 May 2018 - 09 Jun 2018

£25.00 - £25.00

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6 reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

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Welcome to the cabaret of degenerate music!
Where you can be just who you want to be!

As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices.

No surprise then, that they were censored, exiled, and incarcerated shortly after as 'degenerates'. And their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.

A ground-breaking collaboration between the Gate  and ENO: a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs, banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. 

Seiriol Davies provides lyrics from the literal translations by David Tushingham.

Extended due to demand.


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“Expectations gloriously fulfilled in this chaotic, crazy cabaret... A heady mix of four marvellous voices.”

Gary Naylor (Broadway World)

“Mordant, subversive verse that burrows into you from all angles... Four terrific performers... they really are superb.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Wildly entertaining cabaret of songs banned by the Nazis that’s spiked with menace.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“A quartet of seductive singers... McDougall’s deliberately chaotic staging is funny and surprising.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“A piece whose punky, counter-cultural defiance and mongrel charm would crumble under the weight of a larger venue.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Brilliant instrumentalists on saxophone, keyboard, accordion and violin... Straight-in-the-eyes defiance. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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