Liza Minnelli returns after 40 years

Liza Minnelli is returning to the Royal Festival Hall 40 years after her last appearance there as part of a celebration of Cabaret-era Berlin.

The star appeared at the venue, on London’s Southbank, in 1973 in a performance of her solo show Liza with a Z. She said: “I’m always so excited to perform in London. I have so many friends and fans there I consider it my second home.”

Minnelli, the daughter of The Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland, won the best actress Oscar for her performance as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film Cabaret which is set in Germany during the Nazis’ rise to power. Her concert, next March, will see her perform songs from the hit musical and is part of the Southbank Centre’s Berlin in the ‘20s and ‘30s weekend.

Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, said Cabaret was one of the most iconic, intimate depictions of Berlin in the 19030s and he was thrilled to welcome back Liza Minnelli.