Nigel Lindsay and Hammed Animashaun to join the cast of 'Kiss Me, Kate'

Lindsay and Animashaun will take on the roles of the gangsters and join the previously announced Adrian Dunbar, Stephanie J. Block, Charlie Stemp, and Georgina Onuorah.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

Olivier Award nominee Nigel Lindsay and Hammed Animashaun are set to join the cast of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. The show opens at the Barbican in London this summer for a strictly limited 15-week run.

Lindsay, who starred in Shrek the Musical and the ITV series Victoria, alongside Jenna Coleman, and Animashaun (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Black Ops) will take on the roles of the gangsters.

They join the previously announced Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), who makes his musical theatre debut, and Stephanie J. Block (Into the Woods, Wicked, Sunset Boulevard), who makes her West End debut.

Olivier nominee Charlie Stemp (Crazy For You, Mary Poppins) and rising star Georgina Onuorah (The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!) will also star.

Nigel Lindsay said: “Kiss Me, Kate is one of my favourite musicals. Bart Sher is a world class director and the cast he has assembled will rock the house. I am excited to be joining the team.”

Hammed Animashaun said: “I’m very, very excited to be a part of this production and company! And I can’t wait to get stuck in and brush up everyone’s Shakespeare!”

Producer Howard Panter said: “I’m thrilled that Nigel Lindsay and Hammed Animashaun will be joining the cast of Kiss Me, Kate. Nigel and Hammed are an absolute dream team. Their undeniable chemistry and comedic timing is sure to bring a fresh, hilarious energy to the roles of the gangsters."

Directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific, To Kill A Mockingbird), this show within a show takes the audience into a world of backstage chaos and romantic entanglements as a theatre company attempt to put on a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

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Photo credit: Georgina Onuorah, Nigel Lindsay, and Hammed Animashaun will all star in Kiss Me, Kate. (Photo courtesy of production)

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