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The hilarious musical comedy returns to London this summer with two leading legends.
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About Kiss Me, Kate

‘Sexy & Sassy with great songs, hot dancing and smart gags.’ (Daily Mail) this five star new production of Kiss Me, Kate is ‘a supremely lovely way to spend a Summer evening’ (The Independent).

This ‘lush, wittily spectacular production’ (Time Out) has an all-star cast led by Adrian Dunbar who is ‘a revelation’ (The I) and Broadway Royalty Stephanie J. Block who is ‘an irresistible powerhouse’ (Whatsonstage).

With warring-exes, singing gangsters and unforgettable witty songs, this ‘exhilarating’ (The Guardian) farce has it all – and is brought to life by a full-scale orchestra and a company of over 50. Get to the Barbican to see ‘This Summers’ sizzling hit’ (The Telegraph).

Run time

2hr 40min. Incl. 1 interval.

Start date

4th June, 2024

End date

14th September, 2024

Age

Ages 10+.

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439 Reviews

GreatAvi

GreatAvi

549 Reviews | 136 Followers
93
A delight, Masterful, Great production

See it if you like classic musicals done right! Director Sher doesn't disappoint, bringing clarity to the story & smart direction,Ms. Block is perfect

Don’t see it if you're not in the mood for a classic, with ridiculous book, breezy songs and over the top characters. If you're any kind of theater fan - go

TashaKnows

TashaKnows

18 Reviews | 2 Followers
95
Entertaining, Absorbing, Fluffy, Delightful, Funny

See it if You love a classic musical

Don’t see it if You want something hard hitting or deep

Emily 4053

Emily 4053

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
93
Delightful, Classic, Masterful, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want to giggle away for the evening. Wonderful cast and a tremendous feat!

Don’t see it if you're not a fan of the classic Golden Age musicals.

Katie 335834

Katie 335834

109 Reviews | 6 Followers
98
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You like more classic, funny musicals with great performances and amazing set pieces

Don’t see it if You want something more modern

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Venue

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2Y 8DS

Directions

Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Moorgate
Bus numbers: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271
Night bus numbers: (Beech Street) N76; (City Road) 43, 205, 214, 271
Car park: Aldersgate Street underground car park (10mins)
Directions from tube: (10mins) Take Goswell Road and turn right at Fann Street. Continue straight onto Fortune Street, before turning right at Whitecross Street and follow it all the way down to the theatre entrance.

More information about Kiss Me, Kate

In Kiss Me, Kate, it's not just the former couple whose drama impacts the preparation for The Taming of the Shrew. One of the other castmates has gambling debts that come to light and result in run-ins with gangsters. Through jealousy, one of the actors almost quitting, and endless drama and laughs, the contentious cast must band together.

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with show-stopping choreography by Tony and Olivier nominee Anthony Van Laast (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical). The many hit songs include “Another Op'nin', Another Show” and “Kiss Me, Kate.”

The talented cast includes Adrian Dunbar, who audiences may recognize from his television and film work, including his roles in Line of Duty and The Crying Game. He is starring opposite Stephanie J. Block, whose many theatre roles include The Cher Show, in which she won a Tony Award for her role as iconic musician Cher. The main cast is complete with Charlie Stemp (Half a Sixpence) and Georgina Onuorah (Hamilton).

What to watch for

  • Porter was an incredibly successful composer in the 1930s, but as time went on, he began to be considered old-fashioned or past his prime. In the face of this struggle, he wrote Kiss Me, Kate, which became his only show to have more than 1,000 performances in its original run on Broadway.
  • The behind-the-scenes story in Kiss Me, Kate often mirrors the story of The Taming of the Shrew that the characters are working to perform.
  • "Wunderbar" is one of the most popular songs in the musical. Porter originally wrote it for his musical version of Aladdin, but it seemed better for Kiss Me, Kate.
  • Kiss Me, Kate was inspired by real-life married actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who were the leads in a 1935 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Kiss Me, Kate's future Broadway producer, Arnold Saint-Subber, witnessed them butting heads and later commissioned the musical.

Frequently asked questions

What is Kiss Me, Kate about?

Don’t miss the return of one of Cole Porter’s greatest hits, Kiss Me, Kate, to the West End starring award-winning actors Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J. Block. The duo plays the fraught ex-lovers who are forced to star opposite each other in The Taming of the Shrew.

How do you get tickets for Kiss Me, Kate?

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Which theatre is Kiss Me, Kate at?

Kiss Me, Kate is at London's Barbican Centre.

What is the age recommendation for Kiss Me, Kate?

Ages 10+.

What is the running time of Kiss Me, Kate?

Kiss Me, Kate runs for 2hr 40min. Incl. 1 interval.

How much are tickets for Kiss Me, Kate?

Kiss Me, Kate tickets start at £25.

What songs are in Kiss Me, Kate?

There are numerous hit songs in Kiss Me, Kate, including "So In Love," "Too Darn Hot," and "Wunderbar."

Who wrote Kiss Me, Kate?

Cole Porter wrote the lyrics and music, and Samuel and Bella Spewack, a husband-and-wife duo, wrote the book.

Who directed Kiss Me, Kate?

Bartlett Sher directs this revival of Kiss Me, Kate.

Is Kiss Me, Kate appropriate for kids?

Kiss Me, Kate is best for children ages 10 and up, as some of the jokes and topics addressed are too mature for younger children.

Is Kiss Me, Kate good?

Kiss Me, Kate is a great musical. The show won the first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949 when the category was introduced. Between its awards, longevity, exceptional song and dance numbers, and, of course, moments of drama and comedy, it’s no wonder that 76 years after Kiss Me, Kate's premiere, it’s still a fan favourite.

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