Opera North's production of Kiss Me Kate transfers to the London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North's revival heads to the London Coliseum.

Opera North's production of Kiss Me Kate transfers to the London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North have announced that their revival of Cole Porter's Broadway comedy Kiss Me, Kate will transfer to the London Coliseum in the West End in 2018, running from 20 June to 30 June.

Featuring the full-scale Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, the production arrives in London following a premiere at the Leeds Grand Theatre in September 2015 and a UK tour to Theatre Royal Newcastle, The Lowry Salford, and Theatre Royal Nottingham. The production returns to Leeds Grand Theatre in May 2018.

Directed by Jo Davies and choreographed by Will Tuckett, this revival is co-produced with the Welsh National Opera and originally played as part of the the celebrations of Shakespeare 400.

"Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate revolves around the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady and ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi. Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane, her gambler boyfriend Bill – and a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show – and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!"

Kiss Me Kate originally opened in London at the London Coliseum in the West End on 8 March 1951, running for 400 performances. The original Broadway production opened on 30 December 1948 at the New Century Theatre. It was later revived once again at the London Coliseum in December 1970 presented by the Sadler's Wells Opera.

The musical was last seen in the West End in 2012 in Trevor Nunn's production at the Old Vic Theatre.

Featuring a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter the musical is based on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and is presented as a play-within-a-play. The jazz-infused score includes standards such as "Too Darn Hot", "So in Love", "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Always True to You Darling (In My Fashion)".

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