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RNCM Spring 20 season brochure cover – Ute Lemper
RNCM Spring 20 season brochure cover – Ute Lemper

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Ute Lemper at RNCM, Manchester

5 February 2020Visit websiteBook tickets

Rendezvous with Marlene is based on a 3-hour phone call that took place between Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper in 1988.

After receiving the French Moliére Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene, who had lived at 12 Avenue de Montaigne since 1979, essentially apologising for all the media attention comparing her to Dietrich. Ute was just at the beginning of her career in theatre and music, whereas Marlene looked back on a long, fulfilled life of movies, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and stardom.

What a gift to hear Marlene talk about her life, her work and style, her love for the poet Rilke, her complicated relationship with Germany, her sorrow and her fascinations.

Six days before Ute’s opening night playing the part of Lola in the 1992 Blue Angel production in Berlin - the role that had made Marlene a star in 1928 - Dietrich passed away in Paris.

In this show, Ute tells us Marlene’s story and performs her fabulous songs from all the chapters of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations.
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