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Susan Penhaligon joins Will Young and Louise Redknapp in Cabaret

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SUSAN Penhaligon (pictured) will play Fraulein Schneider in Rufus Norris’ multi award-winning production of Cabaret, which tours the UK this autumn.

She stars alongside previously announced Will Young (as Emcee) and Louise Redknapp (Sally Bowles) in the production which opens at New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee. Since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, Young has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with four No1 albums. He also acted alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents.

Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive twelve Top 20 singles, including the hits Naked and Stuck in the Middle and selling over five million records with five albums. In 2016, she was ‘runner up’ in BBC1’s hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing.

Susan Penhaligon is best known from the popular television series Bouquet of Barbed Wire and the sitcom A Fine Romance with Judi Dench. She has also appeared in the films Under Milk Wood, The Land That Time Forgot and Paul Verhoeven’s Soldier of Orange. Her extensive stage credits across the UK include Dangerous Obsession, Mrs Warren’s Profession and The Constant Wife. and in the West End Three Sisters and The Real Thing.

The cast also includes Basienka Blake (as Fraulein Kost), Linal Haft (Herr Schultz), Charles Hagerty (Cliff Bradshaw) and Nick Tizzard (Ernst Ludwig).

The company is completed by Maria Garrett, Sophie Hirst, Luke Jackson, Katrina Kleve, Jordan Livesey, Liam Marcellino, Alicia Mencia, Jack Mitchell, Hannah Nicholas, Helen Siveter and Matthew Wesley.

Rufus Norris is Director of the National Theatre and a multi award-winning theatre and opera director. For the National Theatre, he has directed The Threepenny Opera,, Everyman, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road (Critics’ Circle Award), Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy. Elsewhere, his credits include Vernon God Little (Young Vic), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway – five Tony Award nominations), Festen (West End/Broadway) The Country Girl (Apollo Theatre) and Afore Night Came (Young Vic – Evening Standard Award). His film work includes London Road and Broken.

Cabaret is choreographed by Javier De Frutos who won the Olivier Award for his work on this original production of Cabaret. Named by the Evening Standard as one of 2016 most influential people, he’s one of only three artists in the history of the Olivier Awards to receive nominations in all dance categories.

Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Money Makes The World Go Round, Two Ladies, Maybe This Time and of course Cabaret. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence, and at its dark heart is the legendary and notorious Emcee, who performs nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Cabaret has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including eight Oscars, seven BAFTA’s and 13 Tony’s. Norris’ production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs and has picked up two Olivier Awards.

Following the Wimbledon dates (September 21 – 30), Cabaret will tour to Blackpool, Malvern, Cardiff, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Salford, Edinburgh, Bromley, Dublin and Brighton.