IT’S Willkommen, Bienvenue, welcome to Southampton for Will Young.

The celebrated singer/songwriter turned successful actor made his musical theatre debut last night on The Mayflower stage ahead of a West End run in Cabaret.

Perfectly cast as the enigmatic Emcee, he cuts a camp yet menacing figure as he oversees the transformation of early 1930s Berlin into a sexually charged haven of decadence each night as the master of ceremonies at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

Former EastEnders star Michelle Ryan also makes her first foray into musical theatre, recovering from a disappointing stint in Hollywood as the Bionic Woman to put in a stunning performance as leading lady Sally Bowles.

A sultry, dark and somewhat disturbing reimagining of the double award winning production, Cabaret runs until Saturday.

A week-long Southampton stint is the first in a limited four-week run at a handful of UK venues before the show transfers to London’s Savoy Theatre in October.