Adelaide Cabaret Festival Line Up Announced

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019

From A to Zemiro…

Tickets On Sale April 2

Escape to be seen at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival with a stellar lineup that celebrates diversity, challenges cabaret stereotypes and entertains in intimate new spaces.

In her debut as Artistic Director, Julia Zemiro presents the 2019 program with more than 380 artists in 245 performances over 16 days and nights. Showcasing classic and contemporary cabaret, the program features 17 Adelaide exclusives, 17 Adelaide premieres and 7 national premieres by Australian and International artists from as far afield as Germany, Sweden, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK.

Zemiro invites audiences to be seduced and challenged by political provocateurs, sublime storytellers and powerhouse performances: “From glitzy and shiny through to grit and heartbreak, let what cabaret can be take you away and escape to be seen. New venues, new faces and an opening night that will surprise! I am so thrilled to launch our program so that I can finally declare the doors are open and welcome audiences in. If you love all things shiny, it’s there. If you love to laugh, or reminisce and hear a dark story, it’s there. If you love a big bold stand-alone main event, it’s absolutely there!”

Iota, Slap and Tickle
Iota, Slap and Tickle.  Photo Derren Hal

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM: “Adelaide’s favourite winter festival and the world’s largest cabaret festival is back and in its 19th year. With Aladdin and The Book of Mormon in the Festival Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre undergoing spectacular redevelopment, Julia and the team will deliver a transformed Adelaide Cabaret Festival. You will love their inventiveness and creativity and we look forward to celebrating with you!”

In an Australian exclusive and premiere, headliner and German chanteuse Ute Lemper will bring her show Rendezvous with Marlene to Thebarton Theatre for one night only. Adelaide’s favourite son David Campbell Is Back in The Swing of Things with a world premiere featuring a 14-piece swing band and playing classics by Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima and Bobby Darin.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016

RocKwiz will also rock the Thebby with a live show – RocKwiz Salutes The Rock Musical and fresh from the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv, Kate Miller-Heidke will take you where there’s Zero Gravity in an Adelaide exclusive performance.

Breathing new life into the festival is this year’s opening night event – The House is Live – featuring festival favourites Meow Meow, Paul Capsis, Reuben Kaye, Mitchell Butel and Queenie van de Zandt alongside emerging cabaret stars including lead singer of Saskwatch, Nkechi Anele, award-winning rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and jazz chanteuse Alma Zygier.

A new late-night club – The 11 O’Clock Number – will light up The Famous Spiegeltent (another alluring new venue). Featuring a different cabaret star each weekend, including International superstar Hans, Julia Zemiro as Eurobeat character Bronya and vaudevillian duo Hot Gin Punch, the club kicks off 11pm with a DJ and dancing until 2am.

Bobby Fox The Irish Boy
Bobby Fox The Irish Boy. Photo Daniel Linnet

In an Australian and festival first, The Swell Mob from the UK will transport audiences into an historical epoch and Dami Im makes her first foray into cabaret with the show My Life In Songs at Dunstan Playhouse. Grammy award winning vocalist, Ms Lisa Fischer (who has performed with The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner and Luther Vandross) will takes centre stage with her band Grant Baton, Lior with Paul Grabowski will reinvent some of Lior’s most cherished songs in an Adelaide first and sister duo Vika and Linda Bull will bring their heart-felt harmonies to the stage in a world premiere, Between Two Shores.

West End and Broadway superstar Ruthie Henshall will bring her new solo show, Ruthie Henshall: Live & Intimate to The Famous Spiegeltent. Cabaret favourite Iota is back as you’ve never seen him before in the hilarious show Slap and Tickle while the UK’s Dickie Beau (recent film credits Bohemian Rhapsody and Colette) performs a one-man variety show. In an Australian first, Sweden’s Queen of Swing, Gunhild Carling will belt through a cavalcade of jazz standards, sometimes playing three trumpets at once while tap dancing!

Australian musical theatre star and Irish born Bobby Fox will premiere The Irish Boy, in a charming and humorous show featuring all the classics, Danny Boy, The Foggy Dew, The Fields of Athenry and Ride On.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Class of Cabaret program returns to shine a light on the cabaret stars of tomorrow.

Free events include the LGBTI+ Elders Dance Club by All the Queens Men, held on the Queen’s Birthday LGBTI+ elders and their allies are invited to an afternoon social at The Famous Spiegeltent. While the QBE Cabaret Lounge in Festival Theatre foyer will become a chill out zone, home to the Pol Roger Bar and where audiences can enjoy free roving performances. Cabaret favourite Trevor Jones returns to the Quartet Bar.

Adelaide cabaret festivalADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL

June 7 – 22
Bookings:  / BASS 131 246.