Cabaret in Berlin
If you were infatuated by Liza Minelli's
performance as Sally Bowles in the film 'Cabaret' you'll definitely
want to take in a show.
the main focus of the cabaret scene in the Berlin of the 30s was
the Ku'damm and the area round Nollendorfplatz, now Variety Shows
are spread across the city in numerous locations, east and west.
They range from traditional French style chorus-line shows at
the Wintergarten or Friedrichstadtpalast, to cutting edge impro
at the Chamäleon in Hackescher Markt.
Although the language barrier to non-German speakers can be
a problem at political cabaret venues like the Stachelschweine
(the porcupine) or the Wühlmäuse (the vole), highly visual and
musical acts are easier to follow. You could try the Bar Jeder
Vernunft, a red satin-draped tent, decked with mirrors and candles,
or in it's more luxurious sister tent, TIPI in Tiergarten, where
you'll be served champagne at your table as you take in some of
Berlin's brighter stars. In the East the BKA tent at Schlossplatz
has more of a circus atmosphere, with a programme mixing visual
satire and music.
Regular visitors to Ku'damm venues are 'The Comedian Harmonists',
an acapella ensemble, famous in the Berlin of the 30s - a wonderful
display of impeccable dress suits, dicky bows, warbling tenors
and sonorous basses, laced with somewhat racey innuendo.
If your German is good enough, or if you just want to experience
a bit of history, then the Distel (Thistle) on Friedrichstrasse
is worth a visit. This cabaret venue, in the old east, was a thorn
inh the flesh of the DDR government, poking fun at its bureaucratic
Occasional English language shows
are put on at by American or British comics at the Brotfabrik
(Bread Factory), the old UFA film studios. And in summer the streets
abound with eccentric buskers, including impoverished classical
musicians from Eastern Europe, African drummers, and wind ensembles
from the Andes.
If you'd like us to reserve tickets for a particular event or
show, or help you find what you're looking for, you only have
to let us know. Choose the entertainment you are interested in
the travel request
list of cabaret / varieté venues here.
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