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Racy night of Cabaret at the Mac: A lacy, racy night of song and dance

By Joanne Fleming

Audiences at the Mac are to be plunged into the decadent but decaying world of 1930s Berlin for all the cabaret action of the infamous Kit Kat Club - complete with cocktails.

The Cathedral Quarter theatre will be unrecognisable this month after it undergoes a transformation into the club made famous by the Broadway musical Cabaret, and later by the 1972 film starring Liza Minnelli.

In this immersive theatrical experience, the audience, attended by waiters cabaret-style, will become the club as the musical showcases some of Northern Ireland's finest theatre talent.

The lead role of Sally Bowles will be played by Belfast-born actress Kerri Quinn.

And starring alongside will be Matthew Forsythe, from Lisburn, who plays Cliff, and Belfast's Patrick J O'Reilly as the infamous Emcee.

Based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, the show follows the romance between Sally and Cliff in the unlikely setting of the Kit Kat Club during the rise of Nazism.

Seductive, shocking and dangerous in equal measure, Cabaret changed the idea of what a musical comedy could be when it first strutted onto Broadway in 1966.

The song-writing partnership of John Kander and Fred Ebb also inspired some of the most memorable songs in theatre history.

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