About the showOpera North’s sizzling production of Cole Porter’s irresistible musical Kiss Me, Kate transfers to the West End, following a UK tour. Playing a limited number of performances at the London Coliseum, Kiss Me, Kate is the hilarious musical that delves into the tempestuous inner workings of a theatre attempting to put on a Shakespeare comedy.
Set in 1940’s Baltimore, Kiss Me, Kate follows the turbulent relationship between actor-manager Fred Graham and his ex-wife and leading lady, Lilli Vanessi. Determined to put on a successful production of The Taming of the Shrew, the pair constantly clash.
Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her dodgy gambler boyfriend, Bill, as well as a couple of gun-wielding gangsters, there’s bound to be a recipe for disaster! As chaos quickly climaxes, the group find themselves caught up in the show, and the stage sets itself for a farcical battle of the sexes!
Kiss Me, Kate is the utterly charming homage to backstage theatre politics and to one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. With a book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, the musical includes a jazz-inspired score with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Show-stopping numbers include “Another Op’nin’ Another Show”, “Brush Up on Your Shakespeare”, “Always True to You in My Fashion” and, of course, “Too Darn Hot”.
Cast members include Stephanie Corley (The Merry Widow) as Lilli Vanessi/Kate, Quirijn de Lang (Trouble in Tahiti, The Marriage of Figaro) as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Zoe Rainey (An American in Paris) as Lois Lane/Bianca and Alan Burkitt (Top Hat) as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio. Further casting includes Joseph Shovelton and John Savournin, Aiesha Pease, Stephane Anelli, James Hayes, Jack Wilcox and Malcolm Ridley.
Bringing together performers from both opera and the West End, the show features the dazzling sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. Directed by Jo Davies and conducted by James Holmes, Kiss Me, Kate features design by Colin Richmond, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and choreography by Will Tuckett.
Kiss Me, Kate plays at the London Coliseum from June 20th to June 30th 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of the musical will be astounded at Opera North’s magical revival! Those who have enjoyed the Carousel revival will love seeing a traditional musical on the ENO stage.
Please note that under 5’s will not be admitted into the theatre.
Fred Graham - The egotistical producer, director and star of the travelling band of players. He is constantly arguing with his ex-wife Lilli, who plays opposite him in The Taming of the Shrew. He sings 'So in Love'.
Lilli Vanessi - Fred's long suffering ex-wife. A movie star who is playing Kate in The Taming of The Shrew. She is jealous of the attention Fred pays to Lois throughout the show. She sings 'Always True To You Darling in My Fashion'.
Lois Lane - The sexy younger actress who is starring as 'Bianca'. She flirts with Fred, despite having a boyfriend in the company, who misses many rehearsals due to gambling.
Bill - Playing Lucentio. He suffers from a gambling problem, and signs an IOU in Fred's name to get himself out of trouble.
1949 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Producer.
2000 Tony Awards: Best Revival, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Director, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design.