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Ute Lemper to tour the UK with Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene

Ute Lemper

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DIRECT from a sold out, critically aclaimed London season, West End and Broadway star Ute Lemper is to tour the UK from January 30, 2020, with Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene.

Having received the Moliére Award for her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret in Paris, Ute Lemper decided to write a postcard to legendary Hollywod icon Marlene Dietrich, who was also living in the French capital, to apologise for all the media attention that had hailed her as a new star and compared her to the legendary icon.

It was 1988 and Lemper was just at the beginning of her career while Dietrich, then aged 89, looked back on a long, fulfilled life of movies, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and global stardom. Somehow Dietrich managed to track down Lemper and called her out of the blue.

For 35 years, Lemper has been compared to Dietrich and Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene is her personal homage to the legend. The evening is a dialogue between Lemper and Dietrich, exploring Dietrich’s career and personal life from the beginning, in a timeline that eventually meets Lemper’s timeline with a continuation of their parallel stories.

Lemper sings Dietrich’s most beautiful songs and tells some captivating secrets of her life.

Six days before Lemper’s opening night playing the part of Lola in the 1992 Blue Angel production in Berlin – the role that had made Dietrich a star in 1928 – Marlene Dietrich passed away in Paris. After her glamorous funeral in La Madeleine, Dietrich finally came back to Berlin to be laid to rest. Lemper tells us Dietrich’s story, along with singing her fabulous songs from all the chapters of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations.

She said: “Rendezvous with Marlene means a lot to me – it is my personal homage to that great lady. There are many portraits of Marlene out there, but this one is coming from my heart. Audiences are in for an incredible story; history, fate, courage, style, politics, glamour and sex, talent and a huge career.”

Ute Lemper’s career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist on more than 30 CDs over 30 years of career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht and the chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, Jacques Prevert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla many others and also her own compositions, as well as her portrayals in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris, Berlin and in the West End.

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene is suitable for ages 14+.

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene will tour to St George’s Hall, Bristol (January 30), Turner Sims, Southampton (January 31), Electric Theatre, Guildford (February 2), The Old Market, Hove (February 3), The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham (February 4), Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (February 5), Leeds City Varieties, Leeds (February 7) and The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (February 8).