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News: The National Concert Hall presents Ute Lemper in Rendezvous with Marlene

Ute Lemper - woman in red satin dress against a beige background

10 May 2023

The National Concert Hall presents Ute Lemper in Rendezvous with Marlene, her Unique Tribute to the German Chanteuse and Film Star Marlene Dietrich, this December.

Ute Lemper - Rendezvous with Marlene Saturday 2nd December 2023 8pm National Concert Hall Tickets €28.50, €35 & €42.50 (10% Discount for Friends of NCH and Groups of 10 or more) Tickets On Sale: Friday 12th May 10am Box Office Tel: 01 4170000

Grammy-nominated singer Ute Lemper makes a welcome return to the National Concert Hall to pay homage to one of her enduring inspirations, Marlene Dietrich. The show, titled Rendezvous with Marlene, which has toured to rave reviews is based on a three-hour phone call between Marlene and Ute in 1988 in Paris. Lemper’s compelling mix of monologue and song based on the artists’ exchange will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2023 at 8pm. 

The conversation was prompted by a postcard Ute sent to Marlene, in which she apologised for all the comparisons the media were drawing between the two artists (at the time Lemper had just received the French Moliére Award for her performance in Cabaret). Over the course of the three hours Marlene talked about her life, her work and style, her love for the poet Rilke, her complicated relationship with Germany, her sorrow and her fascinations. 

Ute tells us Marlene’s story and sings songs from all the chapters of her life, from the legendary Berlin cabaret years to her breath-taking Burt Bacharach collaborations and more. The eclectic bill of fare includes ‘The Boys In The Back Room’, ‘Lili Marlene’, Pete Seeger’s ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone,’ ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face’ from My Fair Lady and Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’.  

Ute Lemper is globally recognised as one of the foremost interpreters of the works of the Weimar Republic. Over the course of her extensive career she has won much acclaim both as a performer, recording artist and actor. In 1998 she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in the revival of Chicago in New York. In 1993 she was honoured with Billboard Magazine’s Award for Crossover Artist of the Year and she was nominated for a 2012 Grammy for her album Paris Days/Berlin Nights. In film, her many credits include Robert Altman’s Prêt-à-Porter, Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway) and Moscow Parade (Ivan Dikhovichni). 2023 sees the release of Ute’s new album Time Traveller and her much-anticipated autobiography of the same name.  

Tickets €28.50, €35 & €42.50 

On Sale Friday 12th May 10am  

10% Discount for Friends of NCH  

10% Discount for Groups of 10 or more   

Box Office Tel: 01 4170000 

Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager or Roisin Dwyer, PR & Publications Executive, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. (S. Doyle Tel: 087 1775334 / R. Dwyer 085 7129628)