Events / CABARET


October 27, 2023 to November 5, 2023
Edison Theatre, 6465 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105 (United States)

Presented by the Washington University Performing Arts Department

Tickets are FREE to all WashU students with valid ID. To reserve your ticket, please visit the Washington University Box Office or call 314-935-6543. You can also claim a free ticket the night of at the box office window.


The action of Cabaret takes place in 1929-1930 Berlin, Germany, during the Weimar Republic as the Nazi Party began to gain popularity across Germany. In order to educate audiences about the racism and atrocities perpetuated in Europe during this time, the writers of Cabaret included outdated, derogatory language, and characters prejudiced against people of marginalized cultures.

The WashU PAD is committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, creative environment that reflects the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe. We hope audiences will view the harmful actions contained in the plot of this show as an opportunity to learn, sparking conversations to create a more inclusive future together.

This production includes sexual humor, innuendo, and risqué situations, and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

Music by John Kander & Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Directed by Jeffery Matthews

October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m.
October 29 and November 5 at 2 p.m.

Join us for a raucous and risqué revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical masterpiece.  Set in the chaotic world of Weimar Berlin, Cabaret is a phantasmagorical theater of pleasure, churning with hedonistic “camp,” that dances wildly on the edge of disaster.  As the looming Nazi storm becomes terrifyingly real, the play asks the challenging, and deeply resonant, question:  “What would you do?”

CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.