The production following Mack and Mabel into the Vault at Southwark Playhouse will be I Am A Camera, based on Christopher Isherwood's memoirs Goodbye to Berlin, and the inspiration for the musical Cabaret.
Paulden Hall Productions in association with folie a deux present I Am A Camera by John Van Druten, directed by Anthony Lau and featuring set designer James Turner, costume designer Sarah Booth, composer and musical director Angus McRae, with producers Paulden Hall Productions and Folie a deux.
The show will run for a three-week season at The Vault at Southwark Playhouse, from Wednesday September 5 - Saturday September 22. Press night is Thursday 6 September at 7.30pm.
I Am A Camera is part glamorous whirlwind of Berlin Bohemia, part harrowing depiction of the Nazi's rise to power.
Its title is a quote taken from Isherwood’s first page - "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking." The play’s Broadway premiere in 1951 was a triumph for Julie Harris as the insouciant Sally Bowles, winning her the first of her four Tony Awards for Best Leading Actress in a play. A subsequent 1955 film adaptation was also called I Am a Camera. With a screenplay by John Collier and music by Malcolm Arnold, it starred Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey and Shelley Winters. The play and film in turn went on to inspire the musical Cabaret in 1966 by John Kander and Fred Eband the 1972 film Cabaret with Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York.
The cast features Rebecca Humphries as Sally Bowles. Rebecca was last seen as Molly in The Kitchen at The National Theatre and in 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic. ON TV she was Beth in Big Bad World, Kate in Cardinal Burns and Holly in Come Fly With Me. Freddie Capper (Fritz) was Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (Baroque Theatre Company) Dr. Benjamin in Waiting for Lefty (Theatre Royal Haymarket). On TV he was Archie in Behind Bars.
More cast to be announced.
I Am A Camera runs Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 3.00pm. Tickets: £9, £13, £17 – Airline Style Pricing, the earlier you book the cheaper the tickets. Call the box office at 020 7407 0234 or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.
Southwark Playhouse, The Vault, is located at Shipwright Yard (Corner of Tooley St. and Bermondsey St), London, SE1 2TF. Nearest Rail/Tube: London Bridge; Northern line/Jubilee line.