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This show closed on March 9, 2019

About Can-Can!

Set in 1890s France during the Golden Age period, known as La Belle Époque “Beautiful Era”, CAN-CAN! is a fun and frivolous new dance musical adapted from Offenbach’s original operetta Orpheus in the Underworld and features a 17 strong all-singing, all-dancing cast.

Loosely based on the original book by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, CAN-CAN! features the larger than life performers of the Moulin Rouge who scandalised Paris in the 1890s. Overflowing with joie de vivre, it includes the early stars of the can-can dance: Jane Avril, known as “Queen of the Moulin Rouge” and La Goulue “The Queen of Montmartre”, together with the artist Toulouse-Lautrec who promoted his muses to stardom on posters and paintings, and the young Offenbach.

They are joined by a glittering line-up of speciality acts, dancers and well-known figures of their day. Features a newly arranged score with a treasure trove of gorgeous operetta melodies by Offenbach, Lehár and others, culminating in the famous can-can dance itself.


THE NEW OFFENBACH DANCE MUSICAL - Orpheus in the Paris Underworld!

Music by Jacques Offenbach and his contemporaries

Arranged by Richard Baker

Loosely based on a plot by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

Freely adapted, with lyrics by Phil Willmott

Produced by Sasha Regan for the Union Theatre

Run Time

2hr 20min (inc. interval)

Start Date

End Date

Union Theatre

229 Union St, London, SE1 0LR

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