Cole Porter’s dazzling comedy of musical mischief will leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!
"So hot it's practically a fire risk"
★★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★★ The Arts Desk
★★★★ The Telegraph
"A cracking good time"
★★★★ Sunday Times
On the opening night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi are set to collide.
Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill – plus a couple of gun-toting gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show - and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!
Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre.
With show-stopping songs including 'BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE,’ 'ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU IN MY FASHION' and 'SO IN LOVE,' performed by an all-singing, all-dancing cast of international singers and West End stars, this spectacular new production is simply ‘TOO DARN HOT’ to miss out on!’
Total Running Time: 2 hours 52 Minutes
'Another Op’nin’, Another Show' – Hattie and Chorus
'Why Can’t You Behave?' – Lois and Bill
'Wunderbar' – Fred and Lilli
'So in Love' – Lilli
'We Open in Venice' – Katharine, Bianca, Lucentio and Petruchio
'Tom, Dick or Harry' – Bianca, Lucentio, Gremio and Hortensio
'I’ve Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua' – Petruchio and Men of Padua
'I Hate Men' – Katharine
'Were Thine That Special Face' – Petruchio
'I Sing of Love' (Cantiamo D’Amore) – Bianca, Lucentio and Chorus
'Kiss Me, Kate' – Katharine, Petruchio and Chorus
'Too Darn Hot' – Paul and Chorus
'Where is the Life That Late I Led?' – Petruchio
'Always True to You in My Fashion' – Lois
'Bianca' – Bill and Chorus
'So in Love' (Reprise) – Fred
'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' – First Gunman and Second Gunman
'I Am Ashamed That Women Are So Simple' – Katharine
'Kiss Me, Kate' (Finale) – Petruchio, Katharine and Company.
Total Running Time: 2 hours 52 Minutes
|Wed 23 May 2018||7.15pm||Book Tickets|
|Thu 24 May 2018||2.15pm||Book Tickets|
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|Fri 25 May 2018||7.15pm||Book Tickets|
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|Wed 20 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
|Thu 21 Jun 2018||2.30pm|
|Thu 21 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
|Fri 22 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
|Sat 23 Jun 2018||2.30pm|
|Sat 23 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
|Tue 26 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
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|Thu 28 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
|Fri 29 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
|Sat 30 Jun 2018||2.30pm|
|Sat 30 Jun 2018||7.30pm|
Further details coming soon.
|Wed 4 July||7.15pm|
|Thu 5 July||7.15pm|
|Fri 6 July||7.15pm|
|Sat 7 July||2.15pm|
|Sat 7 July||7.15pm|
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Full cast details to be announced.
|Set and Costume Designer||Colin Richmond|
|Lighting Designer||Ben Cracknell|
New 2018 dates at the London Coliseum are announced today for Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate. Running from 20 - 30 June 2018, it is the first time this hit production has been seen in the West End.
Casting will bring together top talent from the worlds of both opera and the West End, with the full-scale Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North bringing the magical sound of Broadway and the golden age of MGM musicals back to life on stage.
Tickets for performances at the London Coliseum will be on sale from 10am on Friday 7 April 2017.
Kiss Me, Kate is a real treat of a show, boasting what is probably Cole Porter’s richest, most accomplished theatrical score, brought to life by the talented forces of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, and combining the best opera and musical theatre performers. We are thrilled to announce this new transfer to the heart of the West End following two hugely successful runs in the repertoire of Opera North and our co-producers Welsh National Opera.
We are especially pleased during this trip to the capital to be heading to the London Coliseum, a magnificent venue which is the home of our good friends at ENO, and revisiting our roots as – originally – English National Opera North.
- Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North
This acclaimed production is conducted by James Holmes (Carousel, 2012/2015) and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of five-star successes for Opera North, including Ruddigore, Carousel, The Marriage of Figaro and of course, Kiss Me, Kate itself. Sets and costumes are designed by Colin Richmond, while the “sizzling” choreography is by Will Tuckett (Royal Ballet, English National Ballet) whose recent shows include West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (ROH and West End transfer).
The London run of Kiss Me, Kate will follow performances at Leeds Grand Theatre in May 2018.
Opera North's witty production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate saw off stiff competition last night to win Manchester's CityLife Award for 'Best Musical'.
The shortlist for the award was drawn up by a team of reviewers from the Manchester Evening News who scoured email, online coverage and social media channels to decide which productions deserved to make the final list of nominations.
For the first time this year, these were then put to the public vote to ensure that the winner truly reflected the performance which impressed audiences the most. In the end, thousands voted for their favourite show, with Kiss Me, Kate securing an impressive 45 percent share of the vote to take the coveted title, ‘CityLife Awards 2015 Best Musical’.
The Marriage of Figaro, which was also directed by Jo Davies, was short-listed in the awards’ Classical category.
Read some of the critical response to Opera North’s new production of Kiss Me, Kate:
'Great performances and superb orchestral playing make Jo Davies’s sparkling production so hot it’s practically a fire-risk'
'The triumphant marriage of Shakespeare and Porter is matched in the current production by that between the operatic and musical stages. Jo Davies’ stylish production uses performers from both, with the soaring voices of Jeni Bern and Quirijn de Lang matched by the scintillating style of Tiffany Graves and Ashley Day.'
'Charged up with Will Tuckett’s sizzling choreography and performed by an ensemble firing on all cylinders, the big showpiece parades of “Another Opening, Another Show” and “Too Darn Hot” duly explode with irresistible energy.'
'Funny, smart and wise – this is a peach of an evening. Catch it while you can. And then see it again.'
'Gadzooks, but Opera North have a cracking good time with it […] The orchestra tucks into Porter’s swoon and swing, while Jeni Bern and Quirijn de Lang give his songs the full aria.'
'Opera North gives this masterpiece the works in the most musically satisfying version of Porter’s show I've seen'
Cole Porter's smash hit musical Kiss Me, Kate opened in Leeds this week! Here's what the first audiences thought of the show:
Photo credit: Alastair Muir