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Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret with Meow Meow

Posted on 11 Jul 2016 by Cristina Maldonado

Barry Humphries. Photo credit: Helen White.

With critical acclaim and audience ovations following each performance, Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret premiered with award-winning cabaret sensation Meow Meow in 2013 on an Australian national tour.

Now, as part of an extensive international tour, Barry Humphries, Meow Meow, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra celebrate the spirit of the Weimar Republic performing at London’s Cadogan Hall, Edinburgh International Festival and Tanglewood Festival.

“The Australian Chamber Orchestra, headed by an old friend and virtuoso of the fiddle Richard Tognetti, is my favourite group of musicians,” says Barry 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.”

Barry Humphries and the Orchestra in rehearsals 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. With Barry Humphries bringing Weimar to life as Conférencier, or Master of Ceremonies, and one of the planet’s great performers in Meow Meow, it makes for one hell of an evening!”

Listen to BBC Radio 4 interview with Barry Humphries
Barry talks to John Wilson about the performance, which he has curated, and features cabaret star Meow Meow and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Listen to BBC Radio 3 interview with Barry Humphries (from 01:21min) 
Suzy Klein chats with Barry Humphries ahead of the international tour.

Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret

29 Jul - 3 Aug
Cadogan Hall

Edinburgh International Festival
8 & 9 Aug
Usher Hall

Tanglewood Festival
14 August
Suiji Ozawa Hall