It’s Cabaret at Bedales

In the last week of term, 60 Bedales students from Block 4 (Year 10) to 6.2 (upper sixth) were involved as actors, dancers, singers, music makers, production designers, riggers and technicians in the school’s winter production of Kander and Ebb’s iconic musical Cabaret, performing to over 1,000 people in the school’s Olivier Theatre.

Bedales School

Photo by Amanda Darcy

Bedales students brought dazzling light and ominous shade to the musical. Set as the 1920s drew to a close, on the train to Berlin, sixth form student Nicholas Crane, playing a young American writer, finds himself suddenly becoming a smuggler. The storm clouds are gathering over Germany and the wheels of history are turning. Against the background of rising fascism, life in The Kit Kat Club and for its star turn, Sally Bowles (sixth former Talia Pick), is about to change forever. Georgie Wadstein (6.2) provided a wonderful commentary throughout the performance as a highly accomplished singing and dancing Emcee. The excellent band of student and staff musicians was led by Bedales Director of Music Nick Gleed.

“This was a production of the highest quality. Word was out from early on that it was going to be outstanding – and it more than lived up to this billing. For me, it was the brilliantly modulated way that mood and tempo were adapted to capture the essence of individual scenes that stood out. Big congratulations to all, but especially Jay Green and Claire Gammon, who as director and choreographer, brought off an amazing feat” said Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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