A history of cabaret

Originating in Paris, cabaret started out as small performances involving artists and poets who wanted to perform their work to the public. Taking place in small underground speakeasies, cabaret was an intimate atmosphere for those wanting a night filled with entertainment, food and drink. Over time, cabaret grew to include dance, live music, drama, comedy and burlesque. Throughout the First World War, cabaret provided a light-hearted release from the realities of the war. 

Even after World War I, cabaret continued to spread rapidly throughout Europe and evolved to include more performers with bigger audiences. These cabaret performances started to focus more on burlesque and serving alcohol.  As cabaret rolled out all over the world it progressed and changed to suit the needs and demands of the audience who were coming to watch the performances regularly. This could include a different type of music or the addition of more burlesque. 

During the prohibition in the United States, cabaret performances quickly escalated to secret nightclubs, bars and underground locations where alcohol could be served secretly to audiences watching the performance. Cabaret performances became a very sought-after night out during the prohibition due to this and continued to grow after the prohibition had ended.

Cabaret continues to develop and change to reflect the changes in society. A very typical cabaret performance could include drama, live music, magic, comedy and burlesque that are all performed while the audience eat, drink, dance and socialise. 

If you’re looking for an evening of entertainment filled with burlesque, jazz, circus, live music and much more come along and watch Mister Jack’s ‘The Raspberry Cannoli Cabaret’ at Underbelly Festival, where the ladies dazzle and wise guys meet.

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