Effigies of Wickedness (Songs banned by the Nazis)

A co-production by the Gate Theatre and English National Opera.

Welcome to the cabaret of degenerate music, where you can be whoever you want to be.

In an exciting collaboration, ENO and the Gate Theatre present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs, all of which were banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

With the Nazis identifying 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. Censored, exiled, and incarcerated for being ‘degenerates’, their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.

Directed by the Gate Theatre’s Artistic Director Ellen McDougall, Effigies of Wickedness features Lucy McCormick, Peter Brathwaite, Le Gateau Chocolat and Katie Bray.

Developed from an idea by Peter Brathwaite.

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Tickets from £15

Sung in English

Recommended age guidance: 16+
This show contains flashing lights, haze and some nudity.

Young people’s night: Friday 25 May 2018
£7.50 tickets for under 26s

Caption night: Thursday 31 May 2018
Performance and post-show talk is captioned suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing or use English as a second language

Post-show talk: Thursday 31 May 2018

Performances at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HQ. Open in Google Maps >>

For more information, please contact the Gate Theatre’s box office on 020 7229 0706 or gate@gatetheatre.co.uk

Creative Team

Ellen McDougall


Ellan Parry


Corin Buckeridge


Christopher Green


Seiriol Davies


Phil Cornwell

Musical Director

Malik Nashad Sharpe

Movement Dramaturg

Azusa Ono

Lighting Designer

Dan Balfour

Sound Designer

Lucy J Skilbeck

Assistant Director

Tim Claydon

Movement Director & Choreographer


Peter Brathwaite


Le Gateau Chocolat


Except 18 & 19 May

Lucy McCormick


Katie Bray


Fra Rustumji


Geri Allen


Cassie Kinoshi