Season Preview 2020

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival turns 20 in 2020, so what better time to look back and celebrate some of the artists who have performed there over the past two decades?

The 2020 Festival will open with The 20th Anniversary Variety Gala! to be co-hosted by Artistic Director Julia Zemiro and one of her predecessors, David Campbell, the AD from 2009 to 2011. Favourite cabaret performers will relive past festival highlights, while emerging artists will inject a lively dash of the new.


David Campbell and Julia Zemiro will co-host The 20th Anniversary Variety Gala! Photograph © Philip Erbacher

“It’s been a delicious labour of love looking back at all the artists who have been part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival story,” said Zemiro.

“The best of Australian and International Cabaret have cooed, wowed, jazzed and stomped the stages of the Adelaide Festival Centre and there are so many stories to tell. 2020 will be a year of celebration of the past, the present and also turn the page on the next chapter…”

Next year’s Festival will include a four-day French Soirée over the middle weekend. Headlining it will be Do You Hear The People Sing? a concert celebrating the musical theatre songs of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. It will star tenor Alfie Boe, who has performed in Les Misérables, and Lea Salonga who became an international star when she played Kim in the original West End and Broadway productions of Miss Saigon.

Joining them will be West End performer Joanna Ampil (the original Australian Kim) and Australian performers David Harris, Amanda Harrison and Suzie Mathers. They will perform songs from Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen, and Boublil and Schönberg’s very first musical together, La Révolution Française. Do You Hear the People Sing? will be staged at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival as part of a national tour produced by Enda Markey. Zemiro will also host an “In Conversation” event with Schönberg, Boe and Salonga.

Caroline Nin as Barbara in her new cabaret show. Photograph supplied

French cabaret chanteuse Caroline Nin will return to the Festival  – where she has previously performed tribute shows to Piaf and Dietrich – with her new show Barbara, la dame en noire, a bilingual cabaret paying tribute to French poet and singer-songwriter Barbara, who was a lifelong friend of Jacques Brel and who was known for her melancholic songs about love, solitude and death.

RocKwiz returns with RockWiz Salutes New York, at which Zemiro and Brian Nankervis will be joined by cabaret performers and rock musicians, US musicians Davina and the Vagabonds will perform a new show, and the Australian production of the pop musical SIX about the six wives of Henry VIII, which has been a massive hit in the West End, will also play at the Festival after seasons in Sydney and Melbourne.


The 2020 Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs June 5 – 20. The full program will be announced in March. Information about the shows just announced can be found HERE