Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Steve Hendry

Louise Red­knapp has re­vealed she is rel­ish­ing shed­ding her in­hi­bi­tions to star in the mu­si­cal Cabaret.

The for­mer Strictly Come Danc­ing star is head­ing to Ed­in­burgh this week play­ing Sally Bowles, a role which won Liza Min­nelli an Os­car in 1973.

Louise, 43, whose mar­riage to foot­baller-turned-pun­dit Jamie Red­knapp has come un­der scru­tiny af­ter she moved out of their fam­ily home, jumped at the chance to play some­one com­pletely dif­fer­ent to her­self.

She said: “Sally is a big char­ac­ter, she’s very flam­boy­ant. For me, to play that takes a lot of work be­cause I’m not nat­u­rally the per­son who pushes her­self to the front of a line.

“I’ll al­ways hover back and take my time but she fully be­lieves in her­self and goes com­pletely over the top.” How­ever, the for­mer Eter­nal singer – mother to Beau, nine, and Charley, 13 – says there are parts of Sally’s char­ac­ter she can re­late to.

She said: “I think lots of women will re­late to how she puts on a brave face, even when she’s ter­ri­bly wounded and in­se­cure and un­sure.

“There are def­i­nitely parts of her I can re­late to – just as a woman and how we try to sur­vive and do the best we can with what we’re given.”

Cabaret, which is at the Ed­in­burgh Play­house from Novem­ber 14 to 18, also stars Will Young as the no­to­ri­ous Em­cee, who per­forms nightly at the in­fa­mous Kit Kat Klub in the wild Ber­lin of 1931.

HIGH NOTE Louise is lov­ing play­ing singer Sally

SCRU­TINY Louise with hus­band Jamie

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