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Eddie Redmayne on criticism of casting in Cabaret role often played by LGBTQ men

"I hope when people see the performance, the interpretation will justify the casting"

2021-10-13

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Wiki/Autumn de Wilde for British Vogue

Eddie Redmayne has addressed criticism of his casting in the latest West End production of Cabaret.

The Oscar-winner is to play the part of the mysterious Emcee in a revival co-starring Jessie Buckley and opening in November.

In an interview with British Vogue, it is mentioned to the star that two actors to have previously played the character - Joel Grey and Alan Cumming - are gay and bisexual, respectively.

"Shape-shifting"

'Redmayne’s casting has, in fact, caused disquiet in some quarters,' the article notes, with the production's designer Tom Scutt telling the publication: "The history of that role is one of queer portrayal."

Addressing the matter, Redmayne told the publication: "I hope when people see the performance, the interpretation will justify the casting."

The star added: "The way I see the character is as shape-shifting and a survivor.”

Scutt then adds: “Shape-shifting is a word we have been using a lot. And not just about Eddie. It feels like a metaphor for the period—a party at the end of the world."

Adele on the cover of the latest British Vogue (Photo: Steven Meisel)

Eddie is also known for film roles including The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl and The Aeronauts.

Cabaret plays at the Kit Kat Club from 15 November 2021.

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