Effigies Of Wickedness

Effigies Of Wickedness

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Welcome to the cabaret of degenerate music! Where you can be just who you want to be!


In a ground-breaking collaboration between the Gate Theatre and ENO we are thrilled to present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs, banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices.

No surprise then, that they were censored, exiled, and incarcerated shortly after as 'degenerates'. And their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.

‘complete spiritual insipidness’
– Hans Severus Ziegler, advisor to Adolf Hitler

A Gate Theatre and English National Opera co-production.

WICKED FRIDAYS: Every Friday at 2pm, the Gate will release 4 £15 tickets for each performance in the following week.

Critic reviews

A terrific team of cabaret and opera stars tackle a night of songs banned by the Nazis

Time Out

Effigies of Wickedness re-establishes a sense of danger, of wonder, of defiance within the era, framing it in a 2018 style of cabaret that makes it an unmissable show

Musical Theatre Review

Wildly entertaining cabaret of songs banned by the Nazis that’s spiked with menace

The Stage

Terrific idea, but where's the danger?

The Telegraph

Knowing that these songs represented a brilliant flaring of satirical cabaret during a few, deceptively libertarian years intensifies the show’s poignancy

The Times

A remarkable cabaret of 'degenerate' songs banned by the Nazis

The Independent

There’s no atmosphere of debauchery at the Gate, more a delightful sense of raiding the dressing-up box


Date & time

Show ended
Thu 3 May - Sat 9 Jun, 7.30pm


11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate W11 3HQ London, UK · Get Directions

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