Cabaret - John McCrea and Aimee Lou Wood

Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood to star in Cabaret

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The actor joins Cabaret as Sally Bowles, opposite John McCrea as the Emcee. 

Aimee Lou Wood, best known for her role in Netflix’s Sex Education, is heading back to the West End.

While the star has preciously appeared in Uncle Vanya, this time she’ll be singing and dancing as Sally Bowles, the role made famous on film by Liza Minnelli.

Cabaret - John McCrea and Aimee Lou Wood

The current West End version of Cabaret, a radical revival by director Rebecca Frecknall, has enjoyed a number of high-profile casts since its 2021 start. First Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley, then Fra Free and Amy Lennox. The current line-up is Callum Scott Howells (It’s a Sin) and Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Cabaret is on at The Playhouse, currently refashioned as the notorious Kit Kat Club from the show. John McCrea (There’s Something About Jamie) and Aimee Lou Wood start their run on February 13th. Thanks to What’s On Stage, there’s a brief promo:

Aimee Lou Wood, who also recently starred opposite Bill Nighy in the film Living, spoke to Deadline, about her casting:

“When I got this thing through, so many people were like saying that in terms of career progression, it isn’t a great choice because you want to keep yourself free for a big movie or something. But I’ve got an amazing agent, and she was like, ‘Aimee, this is your dream part. You’ve said you wanted to play Sally Bowles since you were 11. Do it. Do it. It’s for you.’”

John McCrea and Aimee Lou Wood will play their roles until May 27th, when the show is recast again. The show runs until the end of December 2023.