Why See Kiss Me Kate?
Utilising the popular show-within-a-show format, this musical opened to rave reviews at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2012, before transferring to the Old Vic for a sell-out, critically acclaimed run.
The scene is set at the out-of-town try-out of a new musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew where sparks fly on stage and off as sparring between the co-stars threatens the opening night. Throw two gun-slinging debt collectors into the mix, and you have a laugh a minute, will-they, won't they set up, where the show may just be scuppered before it opens.
Directed by award-winning Trevor Nunn, this meta-musical features music and lyrics by the immortal Cole Porter including Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and Another Op'nin, Another Show.
The press went crazy for the show, with the Evening Standard declaring that "Trevor Nunn's slick and sassy musical is too darn hot" and the Metro claiming that "The razzle dazzle is turned up to 11."
Previews from: 20 November 2012
Opening night: 3 December 2012
Kiss Me Kate is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards
Two hours 45 minutes with one interval
Cast and Creative
Alex Bourne as Fred Graham / Petruchio
Hannah Waddingham as Lilli Vanessi / Katherine Minola
David Burt as Gangster 1
Adam Garcia as Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Clive Rowe as Gangster 2
CreativeDirected by Trtevor Nunn
Music & lyrics by Cole Porter
Choreography by Stephen Mear
Designed by Robert Jones
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
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