Casting announced for Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum
Casting has been announced for Opera North’s upcoming production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum.
The musical is set on the opening night of a musical adaption of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, when actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady – and ex-wife – Lilli Vanessi are caught up in endless arguments which spill over into the performance.
Stephanie Corley, who has previously appeared in Opera North’s The Merry Widow, will play Lilli Vanessi/Kate, and Quirijn de Lang will play Fred Graham/Petruchio, the role he played in Opera North’s original 2015 production.
Zoë Rainey, who appeared in the West End as Milo Davenport in An American in Paris, will play Lois Lane, a cast member who catches Fred’s attention. Alan Burkitt will play Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, a role he played in the Welsh National Opera’s production in 2016.
Joseph Shovelton and John Savournin will play two gangsters who turn up to collect a $10,000 IOU in Fred’s name. The cast also includes Aiesha Pease, Stephanie Anelli, James Hayes, Jack Wilcox and Malcom Ridley.
The musical has a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, and features classic Cole Porter tunes such as “Another Op’nin, Another Show”, “So In Love”, “Always True to You (In My Fashion)” and “Too Darn Hot”.
Kiss Me, Kate Tickets are on sale now.