KISS ME, KATE Opens on the West End at The Old Vic Tonight, Nov 20

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Trevor Nunn will direct the Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre's production of KISS ME, KATE, with Music and lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Sam and Bella Spewack, which is scheduled for London performances from tonight, the 20th of November and a Chichester premiere in June.

Choreography will be provided by Stephen Mear for a cast that includes Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe and Hannah Waddingham.

Kiss Me, Kate opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on 27 June and at The Old Vic on 3 December.

Featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter with book by Sam and Bella Spewack, Kiss Me, Kate is an exuberant show-within-a-show, bringing together the worlds of gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and Shakespeare’s original characters from The Taming of the Shrew.

Cole Porter’s dazzling score is shot through with wit, charm and Broadway energy; it includes Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Another Op’nin’, Another Show, So In Love Am I and Always True To You (In My Fashion).

This co-production of Kiss Me, Kate reunites The Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre to celebrate the historic partnership initiated by Laurence Olivier between the two theatres in this, Chichester’s 50th anniversary year.

Alex Bourne will play FrEd Graham/Petruchio. His theatre credits include West End productions of We Will Rock You, Chicago, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Only the Lonely and Showboat (RSC and Opera North) as well as the national tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

David Burt will play Gangster 1. His theatre credits include the West End productions of Crazy for You, The Woman in White, the title role in Edmund Kean, for which he received an Evening Standard Award nomination, the original RSC and West End production of Les Misérables, Cats, Evita and La Traviata (Donmar Warehouse), for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. Other credits include The Merchant of Venice, Candide and Troilus and Cressida (all for The National Theatre) and The Beggar’s Opera (RSC) for which he received an Olivier Award nomination.

Adam Garcia will play Bill Calhoun/Lucentio. His theatre credits include West End productions of Grease, Saturday Night Fever (in which he played the central character of Tony Manero), Wicked and Tap Dogs. He was recently a judge on Television’s Got to Dance; other screen credits include Britannia High, Wilde, Coyote Ugly and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Clive Rowe will play Gangster 2. His theatre credits include the role of One Round in the recent West End production of The Ladykillers, West End productions of The Fantasticks and Chicago, Twelfth Night, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Troilus and Cressida (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park), Caroline, or Change, Candide and Peter Pan (all for The National Theatre), Guys and Dolls at The National Theatre, for which he received an Olivier Award, Carousel at The National Theatre, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night for the RSC, and Carmen Jones at The Old Vic. Rowe’s credits also include numerous acclaimed performances as a Dame in pantomimes at the Hackney Empire, and his role in the popular children’s BBC TV drama series Tracy Beaker.


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