Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory
The first cabaret
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The first cabaret was opened in Montmartre, Paris on November 18, 1881 by the painter Rudolphe Salis. His Montmartre premises housed not only Friday night poetry readings but also elaborate shadow plays, scripted, designed and musically accompanied by leading artists.
Salis called his entertainment a cabaret because the songs and sketches were set forth like courses on a menu. Its name derives from the French ‘cambret’ meaning tavern.