Why See Kiss Me Kate?
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!
Opening night: 4 June 2024
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
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
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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