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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

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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

The songs

Act 1

'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

Act II

'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.


Leeds Grand Theatre

23 – 26 May 2018

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Cast & creative

Lilli Vanessi / Katharine Jeni Bern
Fred Graham / Petruchio Quirijn de Lang
Lois Lane / Bianca Tiffany Graves
Bill Calhoun / Lucentio Ashley Day
Hortensio Callum Train
Gremio Emmanuel Kojo
Hattie Katie Kerr
Paul Wayne Robinson
Gunman John Savournin
Gunman Joseph Shovelton
Harry Trevor / Baptista James Hayes
Harrison Howell Peter Harding
Nathaniel Jacade Simpson
Gregory Joshua Da Costa
Phillip / Swing Dancer Emile Ruddock
Dancers Will Atkinson
  Matthew John Gregory
  Cate Gunner
  Jamie Emma McDonald
  Ross McLaren
  Alex Newton
  Cris Penfold
  Marianne Phillips
  Rebecca Scarrott
Conductor David Charles Abell
Director Jo Davies
Choreographer Will Tuckett
Set and Costume Designer Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell