Alongside Meow Meow and the Orchestra, Barry Humphries curates, presents and performs the music of Berlin's Weimar Republic (1920s-1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical style pieces.

The hedonistic partying and social revolution of this era is re-awakened in this full-throttle concert featuring transgressive cabaret sensation Meow Meow.

Hear songs by Kurt Weill including The Threepenny Opera's "Pirate Jenny," see Barry Humphries and Meow Meow sing the duet "Mousie" and dance a tango, and join Mr. Humphries as he rediscovers the lost music of Krenek, Schulhoff, Toch, Brandt, Grosz, and more.


29 July - 3 August | Cadogan Hall, London | BOOK NOW
8 - 9 August | Edinburgh International Festival | BOOK NOW
14 August | Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, MA | BOOK NOW


HINDEMITH Kammermusik No.1, Op.24
KRENEK (arr. Grandage) Excerpt from Jonny Spielt Auf
SPOLIANSKY (arr. Grandage) Alles Schwindel
WEILL (arr. Grandage) Seeräuber-Jenny
TOCH Geographical Fugue
SCHULHOFF (arr. Tarkmann) Suite for Chamber Orchestra: VI. Jazz
WEILL (arr. Grandage) Surabaya Johnny
PAUL ABRAHAM (arr. Grandage) Mousie from Victoria and her Hussar
SPOLIANSKY (arr. Grandage) Ach, er hasst
SCHULHOFF (arr. Tarkmann) Suite for Chamber Orchestra: III. Tango
SCHULHOFF Sonata Erotica
BRAND (arr. Tregear) Maschinist Hopkins: Black Bottom - Jazz 
SPOLIANSKY (arr. Ziegler) Wenn die beste Freundin
KRENEK Selection from Potpourri
HANNS EISLER (arr. Grandage) An den kleinen Radioapparat
WEILL Tango-Habanera "Youkali" for string quartet
HOLLÄNDER (arr. Grandage) Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte
HOLLÄNDER (arr. Grandage) The Ruins of Berlin


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Barry Humphries Voice
Meow Meow Voice
Ben Dawson Piano
Satu Vänskä Voice

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.