Cabaret  is probably one of the lesser-known musicals around because it lacks the heady, saccharine optimism of so many other musical shows. Set in pre-World War Two Nazi Germany, Cabaret tells the story of a Berlin club, The Kit Kat, and the characters which populate this seedy venue. The music is famous but the story is surprising for some.

The Durban production of Cabaret is being staged by KicksArt Theatre Productions and promises to be a great evening out. The lead role of Sally Bowles, an American singer at the Kit Kat Club, is played by Durban’s talented Lisa Bobbert. The role was made famous by Liza Minelli but Bobbert’s stage prescence and fabulous voice will ensure that she makes the role her own. With an excellent cast of other well-known theatre personalities such as Bryan Hiles, Peter Court and Charon Williams-Ros, and a production ensemble of Steven Stead, Greg King, Evan Roberts and Janine Bennewith and costumes designed by Terrence Bray, the show is sure to be a success.

Cabaret is on at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at Howard College until 28 August. Performances are at 7:30pm fromTuesday to Saturday with a 2:30pm matinee on Saturdays and a 6pm show on Sundays. Tickets can be booked at Computicket and are between R130 and R150 depending on which performance you choose.

For more information about Cabaret and other KicksArt productions, see the KicksArt website.