Julian Clary (pictured) and Amy Nuttall will lead the new cast of Rufus Norris’ Olivier Award-winning revival of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret. From 2 October 2007 at the West End’s Lyric Theatre, they’ll take over from James Dreyfus and Kim Medcalf as, respectively, the Emcee and Sally Bowles.

Best known for his campness and outrageous costumes, Julian Clary started his career on the London stand-up circuit before moving into television, where he's hosted numerous quiz and comedy shows such as Sticky Moments with Julian Clary, All Rise for Julian Clary, Mr and Mrs and Prickly Heat. He also appears regularly on stage in Christmas pantomimes and was last seen on in the West End in 2002 playing Leigh Bowery in Boy George musical Taboo.

Currently appearing in Marc Camoletti’s classic Sixties sex farce Boeing-Boeing at the West End’s Comedy Theatre, Amy Nuttall’s musical credits include Guys and Dolls, opposite Patrick Swayze and Don Johnson in the West End, and My Fair Lady on tour. She’s best known to TV fans for her long-running role as Chloe Atkinson in soap Emmerdale.

Also joining the cast of Cabaret on 2 October are Angela Richards (Side by Side by Sondheim, Blood Brothers, Cats and Barry James (just seen in Little Shop of Horrors) who succeed Honor Blackman and Francis Matthews as Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz.

Norris’ revival, which opened on 10 October 2006 (previews from 23 September), turns Weimar Berlin into a dark and sexually charged haven of decadence, its morally ambiguous inhabitants determined to keep up appearances as the real world - outside the sanctuary of the cabaret - prepares for the chaos of war.

Based on the stories of Christopher Isherwood and the play by John Van Druten, Cabaret has a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Cabaret premiered on Broadway on 1966 and in 1972 was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, Michael York as Cliff and Joel Grey as the Emcee.

- by Terri Paddock