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Ute Lemper to bring solo show to London’s Arcola Theatre

Ute Lemper will perform at the Arcola from May 14 to 19. Photo: Lucas Allen
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Ute Lemper, who originated the role of Velma Kelly in the London production of Chicago, will bring her one-woman show to the UK for a limited run in May.

The German performer won an Olivier award in 1998 for her role in the London production of Chicago, and also played Sally Bowles in the first Paris production of Cabaret.

Her show, Rendezvous with Marlene, celebrates the life and work of Marlene Dietrich and will play its only London dates at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston.

The theatre’s artistic director, Mehmet Ergen, said: “This is a rare opportunity to see Ute Lemper, my all-time favourite cabaret artist, in her most intimate performance, in her most natural environment – the unique, distressed space of the Arcola.”

Rendezvous with Marlene runs from May 14 to 19.

The production forms part of the Arcola’s spring season, which also includes a musical adaptation of the film Little Miss Sunshine, a new comedy by Patrick Marber inspired by Moliere and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr.