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Kiss Me, Kate Tickets

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

Don't miss the thrilling West End revival of Cole Porter's hit backstage musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate. See Tony Award-winning actress Stephanie J. Block in her West End debut opposite BAFTA nominee and Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar. Book tickets to Kiss Me, Kate on TodayTix.

Since its premiere in 1948, Kiss Me, Kate has been a fan favorite and is one of Porter's most popular musicals, featuring beloved songs like “So In Love,” "Too Darn Hot," and “Wunderbar.” The show's original Broadway run won five Tony Awards, and its 1987 West End revival earned two Olivier Awards. Since then, there have been numerous award-winning revivals—most recently, in 2019, the show's return to Broadway won a Drama Desk Award and a Drama League Award.

Kiss Me, Kate in London is a show within a show about ex-lovers who are constantly butting heads — but may still have feelings for each other. They are made to star opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The scenes go back and forth between the increasing drama backstage and on stage.

Run time

2hr 40min. Incl. 1 interval.

Start date

4th June, 2024

End date

14th September, 2024

Age

Ages 10+.

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244 Reviews

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

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

Emily 4053

Emily 4053

21 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.

Millsyblue

Millsyblue

68 Reviews | 3 Followers
80
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You’re a fan of the classic or just want to see Adrian Dunbar take the lead in a musical.

Don’t see it if Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey! There’s no reason not to see it!

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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?

Check the top of this page for current availability and exclusive offers on Kiss Me, Kate tickets on TodayTix.

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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