Opera North have confirmed that their revival production of Cole Porter’s musical will transfer to the London Coliseum from the 20th to the 30th June 2018.
Directed by Jo Davies and choreographed by Will Tuckett, this production of Kiss Me Kate will arrive in London following a run at the Leeds Grand Theatre from the 23rd to the 26th May 2018.
This revival of the classic musical originally premiered at the Leeds Grand Theatre in 2015, also travelling to the Theatre Royal Newcastle, The Lowry Salford, and Theatre Royal Nottingham.
Kiss Me Kate originally opened in London London Coliseum in the West End on 8 March 1951, running for 400 performances, while the Broadway production opened on 30 December 1948 at the New Century Theatre. It was last seen in the West End back in 2012, with a production directed by Sir Trevor Nunn at the Old Vic Theatre.
The musical features a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter and is based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
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!