For a night of pure en­ter­tain­ment, fol­low Hilda Hoy’s lead and book tick­ets at one of Ber­lin’s stel­lar cabaret and va­ri­ety the­aters.

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The roar­ing '20s cabaret scene is alive and thriv­ing in Ber­lin.

Since the 1920s, when the he­do­nis­tic cap­i­tal’s cabaret scene made head­lines around the world, this city has been known as a hot­bed of no-holds-barred

en­ter­tain­ment. And though the Nazi regime and WWII ef­fec­tively stamped out the cabaret scene back then, it has thank­fully made a resur­gence and is now alive and thriv­ing again, to the de­light of lo­cals and tourists alike. One of the first places to start is

Win­ter­garten Va­ri­eté (Pots­damer Str. 96, www.win­ter­garten-ber­lin.de) on the edge of the Schöneberg and Tier­garten dis­tricts. The the­ater seat­ing is decked out in the style of the glam­orous 1920s, with loads of red vel­vet and golden trim. The au­di­ence is clus­tered around round ta­bles, where they can en­joy a full three-course meal or just a glass (or three) of the best bub­bly while tak­ing in the show. All month, the show LIKE BER­LIN prom­ises to de­liver “the soul of Ber­lin” in one wildly en­ter­tain­ing mix of mu­sic and artistry. And on

19 March, there will be a spe­cial show­ing of the

Vaude­ville Va­ri­ety Bur­lesque Re­vue, a tit­il­lat­ing blend of racy bur­lesque, drag, ac­ro­bat­ics, and vin­tage flair. Stick around af­ter­wards to check out the vaude­ville mar­ket, of­fer­ing 1950s rock­a­billy fash­ion and ac­ces­sories.

Be­long­ing to the same the­ater net­work is Tipi am

Kan­zler­amt (Große Quer­allee, www.tipi-amkan­zler­amt.de), a glam cabaret stage set in a big tent wedged be­tween Tier­garten Park and the Chan­cellery. Like the Win­ter­garten, the Tipi also of­fers a col­or­ful pro­gram of mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment com­bined with dance, hu­mor, and drama. This month it’s all about the mu­sic: the Dou­ble Drums show (10–12 March) will see a duo of prizewin­ning per­cus­sion­ists play­ing per­fectly syn­chro­nized “groove sym­phonies” us­ing more than 500 ev­ery­day ob­jects. On 17 March, the Brass­bal­lett troupe of danc­ing brass mu­si­cians will put on a toe-tap­ping, foot­stomp­ing show filled with in­fec­tious rhythm. Chamäleon (Rosen­thaler Str. 40–41, www.chamaeleon­ber­lin.com) is a his­toric va­ri­ety the­ater venue with a lively pro­gram of shows that draw from the con­tem­po­rary cir­cus style, or nou­veau cirque, with shows that blend ac­ro­bat­ics, dance, the­ater, mu­sic, and more. Run­ning all month is Scotch & Soda, a feisty mix of cir­cus and jazz in­spired by the se­cret par­ties of the Pro­hi­bi­tion era. Ar­rive a lit­tle early to ex­plore the cool Hack­esche Höfe court­yard com­plex with its pretty Art Nou­veau de­tail­ing, then take a seat at one of the the­ater’s bistro-style ta­bles to feast and im­bibe while you’re thor­oughly en­ter­tained.

Vaude­ville Va­ri­ety Bur­lesque Re­view.

Left and in­set, be­low: The Win­ter­garten Va­ri­eté the­ater in Pots­damer Straße.; Right: scenes and char­ac­ters from the Win­ter­garten's

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