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Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

Posted on 8 Apr 2016 by Cristina Maldonado

As part of our European Tour, Barry Humphries and award-winning cabaret sensation Meow Meow are set to join the ACO at London’s Cadogan Hall and Edinburgh International Festival in a program of works originally forged in the cultural and intellectual crucible of the Weimar Republic.

Barry Humphries and Richard Tognetti fashioned the program from the rich material of Weimar cabaret, famed for its potent mix of political satire, sarcasm, irony and invention.

Richard Tognetti, Satu Vänskä, Barry Humphries and Meow Meow backstage in 2013.

‘We had worked with Barry on several projects before,’ recalls Richard Tognetti. ‘He began talking to me about these German and other composers who were part of the Weimar scene in the 1920s and early 1930s. Barry suggested the idea for a Weimar cabaret programme and things grew from there.’

‘The Australian Chamber Orchestra, headed by an old friend and virtuoso of the fiddle Richard Tognetti, is my favourite group of musicians,’ says Humphries. ‘We had long planned to devise a concert together and I was spurred by my long-term interest in the music of the Weimar Republic – that brief period of democracy and artistic experiment which ended with the rise of Hitler.’

Watch Barry Humphries and Meow Meow talk about Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret ahead of the Edinburgh International Festival performances.


29 Jul - 3 Aug
Cadogan Hall

Edinburgh International Festival
8 & 9 Aug
Usher Hall