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Kiss Me Kate

Until September 14, 2024

The ultimate Broadway musical from the Golden Age

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Why See Kiss Me Kate?

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the cole porter classic!

Broadway superstar Stephanie J. Block makes her West End debut

Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter's classic mashup of Broadway and Shakespeare comes to London this summer, with Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J. Block! Originally opening back in 1949 Cole Porter's hilarious production won the Tony for Best Musical, going onto win a further five for the 1999 revival. Full to the brim with Porter's iconic songs, "Too Darn Hot" and "Another Op'nin' Another Show", to name just a few, this revival comes courtesy of Broadway's Barlett Sherr, the director behind recent productions of The King and I and My Fair Lady.

What is the story?

When feuding ex-couple Fred Graham and Lilli Venassi come head to head in an upcoming performance of Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew' sparks being to fly. As rehearsals progress the pair become embroiled in a match of wits both on and off stage, however, it soon becomes clear that old feelings may still run deep...

Whilst the leading lights are battling each other, poor Lois Lane (the production's supporting Actress), is desperately trying to keep her gambling boyfriend, Bill, away from the clutches of the local gangsters. Throw in a couple of cases of mistaken identity and slapstick and you've got yourself a musical that, if he was alive, Shakespeare himself would have written and been proud of!

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Opening night: 4 June 2024

Cast and Creative


Adrian Dunbar as Fred Graham
Stephanie J. Block as Lilli Vanessi
Charlie Stemp as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio
Georgina Onuorah as Lois Lane/Bianca
Peter Davison as General 
Josie Benson as Hattie
Jack Butterworth as Paul
Jude Owusu as Harry Trevor/Baptista
Carl Au as Hortensio
Jordan Crouch as Gremio
Gary Milner as Ralph
James Hume as Pops


Alisha Capon, Shani Cantor, Maya de Faria, Amelia Kinu Muus, Jacqui Jameson, Lucas Koch, Alex Lodge, Nell Martin, Anna McGarahan, John Stacey and Harrison Wilde. Swings are Robin Kent, Barry Drummond, Emily Goodenough and Maddie Harper


Directed by Bartlett Sher
Choreographed by Anthony Van Laast 
Set design by Michael Yeargan
Costume design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting design by Donald Holder
Sound design by Adam Fisher
Music supervision Stephen Ridley

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3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Irena : “Smashing, high energy revival”

It’s what we need these days, a riotously hilarious love story with the... more

Catherine Ann Andrewartha: “Brilliant show, brilliant cast. Most enjoyable.”

I went to see it yesterday and it’s easy Ito get lost in the Barbican.... more

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