He's in negotiations to play the role of the Emcee in Cabaret.
Baz Bamigboye revealed in his article that "Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne
is close to fulfilling his dream... of playing the decadent master of ceremonies
in the classic musical Cabaret in the West End. And he is tipped to share
the stage with Jessie Buckley, who will play Sally Bowles."
The new production of Cabaret is due to begin performances at the
Playhouse Theatre, near the Embankment in London, in early November.
Read more about the new theatre project here
Hopefully, I'll have a good reason to travel to London this fall.
I have to see him on stage in this role. I bet he will be fantastic.
Eddie played the role of Emcee in Cabaret first in 1999 in Eton. James Parry reviewed
the JRC show in Eton College Chronicle: "...There were many stars of this excellent
performance but despite the outstanding quality on display, one actor still stood out
head and shoulders above the rest. This was, of course, Eddie Redmayne whose
performance in every respect was sensational. He was the master of ceremonies of the
Kit-Kat bar and this title could not have been more apt. Eddie really did run the show;
One could feel the audience focus even more as they found themselves captivated
by this truly mesmerizing acting. Eddie held the audience in his hands, almost literally.
His singing was incredible, as usual, but he also showed his flexibility and immense
skill as an actor as he adapted to a difficult and demanding role. With an actor of this
caliber in the house, it would, however, be difficult not to produce an excellent play."
Eddie also played this role 20 years ago at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was performed
by Doubled Edged Drama, a production company with links to Eton, Eddie’s former school.
Ed Bartlam, director of the Underbelly, said Redmayne’s Fringe performance in Cabaret
still stuck in his head. “It was our second year at Underbelly so we were very much
finding our feet and it was all very atmospheric. Eddie was a slightly creepy Master of
Ceremonies in the show and would come up behind people’s backs in the audience and
get a fantastic reaction...I still remember it as one of the best shows we ever did." (source)
Eddie told a personal story in an interview for The Scotsman in 2012. “Half of my family
live in Edinburgh...My grandmother’s in Liberton and the last proper musical I did
was Cabaret. It was in the Underbelly and it was all dark and dingy. I remember my cousin
brought my grandma to see it and we were all in latex, PVC, and masks and there was
quite a lot of interaction. I was up in my grandma’s face and I just heard her say ‘and when
is Eddie coming on?’ And my cousin was like ‘that’s him! The one leering in our faces!’”
Eddie also sang some songs of Cliff from the musical in a show called Perfectly Marvelous
in NY on October 25, 2012. Read more about it in my old post here