Singers, Swastikas and All That Jazz!
The jazz scene in 1930s’ Berlin was one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world – a time captured brilliantly in Kander & Ebb’s musical, Cabaret. But what happened to those talented singers and musicians as the Nazis’ grip tightened?
The Nazis hated jazz – they saw it as decadent and impure. But one of them, Propaganda Ministry official, Karl “Charly” Schwedler, understood its true power. And he made it his mission to harness that power so the Nazis could use jazz as a weapon of war!
Propaganda Swing throws a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charly and his Orchestra’. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists – they could keep playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.
Features some of the coolest jazz songs of the era, including It Ain’t Right, Makin’ Whoopee, You’re Driving Me Crazy, Nightmare, St Louis Blues, Big Noise from Winnetka, Tiger Rag, Minnie the Moocher, Lili Marlene and more.
The captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger, makes Propaganda Swing the must-see show of the Belgrade’s autumn season.
Contains strong language.
Gala Night: On Friday 19 September we will be hosting a special fundraising event in support of the Belgrade Theatre Trust (Charity number 219163).
Ahead of the performance of Propaganda Swing there will be a discussion on the Main Stage with our Artistic Director, Hamish Glen, and Associate Director, Justine Themen, about the work of the Belgrade.
There will then be a post-show party with a live jazz band in the foyer and a complimentary glass of fizz for all audience members.
The evening starts at 7pm and tickets for this performance are priced at £21.75 & £25.75.
This production has been made possible by the generosity of the Reid Dalglish family and with support from Arts Council England’s Catalyst Arts Programme.
|Sat 13 Sep||7:45pm|
|Mon 15 Sep||7:45pm|
|Tue 16 Sep||7:00pm|
|Wed 17 Sep||7:45pm|
|Thu 18 Sep||7:45pm|
|Fri 19 Sep||7:45pm||Director's Pre-Show Talk|
|Sat 20 Sep||2:30pm|
|Sat 20 Sep||7:45pm|
|Tue 23 Sep||7:45pm|
|Wed 24 Sep||2:30pm|
|Wed 24 Sep||7:45pm|
|Thu 25 Sep||7:45pm|
|Fri 26 Sep||7:45pm||Post-Show Discussion, Captioned Performance|
|Sat 27 Sep||2:30pm||Audio Described|
|Sat 27 Sep||7:45pm|
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