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Opera North bring their much loved version of Cole Porter’s Broadway comedy classic Kiss Me, Kate to the London Coliseum for a strictly limited summer run.

Taking place both on and off stage throughout a production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the show focuses on the fiery relationships of manager/actor Fred Graham and his starring lady and ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi. When you add in Fred’s current love Lois Lane, her gambler boyfriend Bill and even a few gangsters who somehow get caught up in it all, then you are ready for an exquisite funny and farcical battle of the sexes.

A beautiful homage to the sharp wit of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is a lovable celebration of the fun and craziness of working in the theatre. With songs by Cole Porter, the score features a huge range of jazz-fuelled songs with witty lyrics, such as "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Too Darn Hot".

Casting includes Stephanie Corley stars as Lilli Vanessi/Kate, who has previously worked with Opera North on The Merry Widow, Quirijn de Lang (Trouble in Tahiti, The Marriage of Figaro) as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Zoe Rainey (An American in Paris) as Lois Lane/Bianca and Alan Burkitt (Top Hat) as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio.

Additional casting includes Joseph Shovelton and John Savournin, Aiesha Pease, Stephane Anelli, James Hayes, Jack Wilcox and Malcolm Ridley.

Kiss Me, Kate features a book by Bella and Samuel Spewack and is directed by Jo Davies, with conducting by James Holmes, design by Colin Richmond, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and choreography by Will Tuckett.

With Opera North’s acclaimed chorus and orchestra taking to the London stage, this show brings together some of the best performers from the world of both opera and the West End. This is the magical sound of Broadway and the golden age of MGM musicals catapulted into the 21st century. Kiss Me Kate plays at the London Coliseum for a limited run from 20th June to 30th June 2018.

Performance dates: 30 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: Under 5's will not be admitted.

Special notice: Perfect for those who love witty and hilarious musical comedy, Cole Porter's classic is brought to life by Opera North and is a must-see for anyone who has not experienced it before.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Stalls at the London Coliseum are highly recommended to give you some amazing views of the sweeping ENO stage. However the height of the stage itself can leave you craning your neck slightly.

The Dress Circle is very curved, making seats towards the ends of rows have a sideways view of the stage. The Upper Circle and Balcony are similar in layout but can begin to feel very distant from the action.

Latest audience reviews

I loved this show. A real old fashioned musical with a few more modern additions. Full of lovely songs... More

Showgal 28 Jun 2018

I loved this show. A real old fashioned musical with a few more modern additions. Full of lovely songs beautifully sung and excellent dancers. Throw in the humour scattered throughout the show and you have something to please most people. I'd happily see it again!!!

Showgal 28 Jun 2018

A little disappointed if I'm honest - the songs are terrific and the performances were strong but no... More

Nama123 04 Jul 2018

A little disappointed if I'm honest - the songs are terrific and the performances were strong but no one can really fill the shoes of Howard Keel from the MGM film version. The two leads were opera singers with great voices. I think it would be better with musical stars in the lead roles with more charisma.

Nama123 04 Jul 2018

Really dull. Nothing technically wrong with it, the dancing was good, but the direction was poor. They... More

JenK 02 Jul 2018

Really dull. Nothing technically wrong with it, the dancing was good, but the direction was poor. They just lifted the script/score and plonked it on stage with zero effort or thought. Yawn-worthy. No jokes landed, energy from the actors was low. Sound balance was also appalling. Don't bother.

JenK 02 Jul 2018

A very enjoyable evening out, but it begs the question - do we need this revival? Aren't we a bit fed... More

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer21 Jun 2018

A very enjoyable evening out, but it begs the question - do we need this revival? Aren't we a bit fed up of these tales that depict women as difficult monsters, but when they become amenable, all is well? Who knows. But it's a very entertaining and well done production - the dances are particularly special. Zoe Rainey is simply brilliant as Bianca/Lois Lane, and the pair playing the gangsters in "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" were also fantastic. Very enjoyable, but perhaps a slight bit too long, and definitely a mash-up of several musical styles, which indicates that it doesn't quite know what it wants to be.

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer21 Jun 2018
JLOBrien 20 Jun 2018

Worthy of 10 stars, a truly outstanding revival but sadly finished already after a short run... stunning... More

vanhellsink1 01 Jul 2018

Worthy of 10 stars, a truly outstanding revival but sadly finished already after a short run... stunning cast, excellent vocalists, sets and orchestra. A truly memorable experience.

vanhellsink1 01 Jul 2018
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