Eddie Redmayne has revealed that he performed his new West End Show cabaret in a care home during a Friday appearance on The Graham Norton Show.
The 39-year-old actor treated his grandmother to a production of an upcoming musical at the facility, as she was not able to visit the Playhouse Theater in London.
She explained: ‘She’s almost 100 and hasn’t been able to come and watch the show, so I went to her care home with a karaoke version of the musical and performed the whole thing for her – even Jesse also of [Buckley] parts.’
Adorable: Eddie Redmayne reveals he did his new West End Show cabaret in a care home during Friday appearance on The Graham Norton Show
He said of his grandmother, whose picture has not been taken: ‘She definitely fell – she said she was closing her eyes because she was enjoying it so much!’
Eddie – who has enjoyed success on stage and on the big screen – has admitted that he has had a lot of fun with the new production.
When asked how the music is different from the film and the production of the previous stage, he said: ‘They are both beautiful and extraordinary, but Jessie and I love music so decided to examine it in a different way.
Throwback: The original Broadway production and 1972 film adaptation of Emmys was played by Joel Gray, now 89, who was married to Joe Wilder from 1958 to 1982 (portrayed with Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles)
Heartwarming: The 39-year-old actor treated his grandmother to a production of an upcoming musical at the facility, as she wasn’t able to attend London’s Playhouse Theatre.
‘It’s so engrossed in the audience, you really feel like you’re in Berlin’s Kit Kat Club.’
The Oscar winner previously revealed that the revival of the Kander and Ab classic is different from the original.
He added: ‘The only point for us in doing this would be to do something different from those other productions, something new.’
Emcee is a flamboyant figure in the production who acts as ‘master of the ceremonies’ and has been described as ‘the personification of sexual freedom’.
Masterpiece: The show will be designed by Tom Schutt, choreographed by Julia Cheung and directed by Rebecca Freaknall.
The role of Emsie in the original Broadway production and 1972 film adaptation was played by Joel Gray, now 89, who was married to Joe Wilder from 1958 to 1982.
Then in 1993, Alan Cumming radically reinterpreted the role of Emmys. She married artist Grant Schaefer in 2012.
The actor first landed a role at the age of 19 in a student production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and Eddie reveals he’s nervous about returning to London theater after a 10-year break.
The show will be designed by Tom Schutt, choreographed by Julia Cheung and directed by Rebecca Freaknall.
The show – which charts the friendship between Sally, an American artist and a shy Brit, Brian, in the riotous Kit Kat – is set against the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Berlin and depicts unrelenting protests and oppression.
Frecknall said it was an important piece of music and that its revival “comes at a time when its themes and atmosphere feel so contemporary and resonant”.
Candid: The actor first played a 19-year-old in a student production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and Eddie reveals he’s nervous about returning to London theater after a 10-year break (pictured in 2019)