Soho Theatre & Tim Whitehead Management present

Martyn Jacques: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

  • Until Thu 9 Aug 7.30pm, 10-11 Aug 9.30pm
  • Tickets £15 - £17.50

‘A truly fascinating and unhinging experiment in silent film performance.’
★★★★ New Empress Magazine

Martyn Jacques: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

‘Other musicians have “done” Caligari live. What makes Jacques such a good fit is his grasp of the film’s uniquely haunting atmosphere of seedy carnival corruption and funereal beauty… Spellbinding.’
★★★★ Times

‘The execution is impeccable throughout. Phenomenal.’
★★★★★ Guardian on The Tiger Lillies

‘Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made’.
Time Out

Olivier Award winner Martyn Jacques, the founding member and front man of the Grammy nominated punk-cabaret band The Tiger Lillies, premieres his first ever solo show at Soho Theatre. Watch the iconic silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to a newly composed live score, in which Jacques accompanies himself on both accordion and piano.

‘When I was fourteen my childhood desire to play the piano was finally satisfied. My first teacher was Florence De Jong. This was forty years ago and Florence was a very old lady. She had been a famous theatre organist accompanying silent films. She was so good she made gramophone recordings. I’ve always remembered her and this is my tribute to her and the profession. Silent films were for me the golden age of film. They had a magic and enigma you don’t get with talkies. Dr Calagari is a fine example. A freak show in the fairground… Very Tiger Lillies!’
Martyn Jacques

Premium Table Seats
Reserve a prime location table for up to four people with a pitcher of beer or a bottle of wine: to book, please call our box office on 020 7478 0100
Wed – Thu: £80 per table
Fri – Sat: £90 per table

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‘Other musicians have “done” Caligari live. What makes Jacques such a good fit is his grasp of the film’s uniquely haunting atmosphere of seedy carnival corruption and funereal beauty. Conjuring a mood of creeping, racid melancholia, his music is a sustained, downbeat but spellbinding threnody of obsessive, looping instrumental rhythms and simple but vivid, enunciated language.’
★★★★ Times

‘A truly fascinating and unhinging experiment in silent film performance and well worth a look for film fans on the hunt for an alternative silent screen experience.‘ ★★★★ New Empress

‘Martyn Jacques is a charismatic focus. Trudging between his piano and accordion like a man weighed down by supernatural dread, he resembles a melancholic amalgam of Cabaret’s Joel Grey and Meat Loaf – yet his voice is a molten cascade. The execution is impeccable throughout. Phenomenal.’
★★★★★ Guardian

‘With its jagged, stylized sets, evocative shadows, and themes of murder, madness, and delirium, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari remains the source and essence of German Expressionist Cinema. Fusing carnival spectacle with the paranoia of the psychological thriller, it centres on the haunting, sexually ambivalent presence of Conrad Veidt, as a somnambulist exploited as an instrument of murder by the sinister Dr Caligari’.
BFI Classics

‘Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and inspired horror movies ever made’.
Time Out

‘Jacques sings savage and passionate songs about prostitutes, drug addicts and losers, his voice soaring and growling like a man possessed. With his dickensian style of dress, long pigtail and bowler hat, his corrosive lyrics and his astonishing voice he makes an indelible impression. Jacques sings about life at the bottom of contemporary Britain with the voice of an angel.’
The 11 o’clock show, Channel 4