Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate | Welsh National Opera

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Saturday, December 10, 2016

★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Guardian

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking.

1940s Baltimore. And it’s op’nin’ night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Rehearsals are over, costumes donned and there’s a 10 minute curtain call. What you’re about to witness is a whole lot more than Shakespeare’s comic love story…

Leading lady and superstar Lilli Vanessi is the ex-wife of the show’s charming leading man, Fred Graham. Fred has a fondness for flirtatious fresh-faced Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Lois’ boyfriend Bill is getting himself into debt (under Fred’s name) which leads to hairy encounters with a pair of foolhardy gangsters. The stories unfold on and off-stage, comically intertwined in Cole Porter’s classic musical.

Full of wit, dance, show business and hit songs including 'Another Op’nin’, Another Show', 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' and 'Always True to You in My Fashion', Kiss Me, Kate will leave any 'Tom, Dick or Harry' grinning from ear to ear.

  • Performances begin at 7.30pm, except at Wales Millennium Centre on 2 October at 4pm, and at Birmingham Hippodrome on 12 November and Wales Millennium Centre on 8 and 10 December at 2.30pm
  • Running time approximately two hours and 50 minutes including one interval
  • Sung in English 


Kiss, Me Kate is a co-production with Opera North. Music used on our radio advert is played by the Orchestra of Opera North.



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Conductor James Holmes (ex 14 – 29 Oct, 12 Nov matinee, 7 – 10 Dec matinees) / Gareth Jones (14 – 29 Oct; 12 Nov matinee; 7 – 10 Dec matinees)
Director Jo Davies
Set & Costume Designer Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell
Choreographer Will Tuckett
Sound Designer Sebastian Frost
Associate Choreographer David Hulston
Staff Director Sarah Crisp
Associate Director Ed Goggin
Assistant to Choreographers Alex Newton

Fred Graham / Petruchio Quirijn de Lang
Lilli Vanessi / Katherine Jeni Bern
Bill Calhoun/ Lucentio Alan Burkitt
Harry Trevor/Baptista Morgan Deare
Lois Lane/Bianca Amelia Adams-Pearce 
Hattie Landi Oshinowo
Harrison Howell David Peart
1st Gunman Joseph Shovelton
2nd Gunman John Savournin
Hortensio Matthew Barrow
Gremio Jon Tsouras
Gregory Joseph Poulton
Phillip Louis Quaye
Nathaniel Adam Tench
Paul Max Parker
Ralph (Stage Manager) Rosie Hay
Stage Doorman Martin Lloyd
Cab Driver Julian Boyce
Dancers Alex Christian, Flora Dawson, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Ella Martine, Jamie Emma McDonald, Matthew John Gregory

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