The scene is set at the out-of-town try-out of a new musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew where sparks fly on stage and off as sparring between the co-stars threatens the opening night. Throw two gun-slinging debt collectors into the mix, and you have a laugh a minute, will-they, won't they set up, where the show may just be scuppered before it opens.
'Nights at the theatre don't come much more enjoyable than seeing Trevor Nunn’s revival of Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic'
'There is a lot of eye-popping mugging, and a lack of charisma and chemistry from the two leads. David Burt and Clive Rowe slow-burn as the comic heavies sent to collect a gambling debt, and the produ ...
''Kiss Me Kate' is very polished, even if it is not exactly profound, and should have plenty to offer to those who enjoy musicals.'
'A lengthy but slick show with high production values.'
'Loving to hate each other, Bourne and Waddington show tight chemistry as screaming, slapping and spanking ensues.'
Kiss Me Kate begins on the opening night of a new musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, as the cast and crew celebrate "Another Opening, Another Show". The relationship between the actor-manager Fred Graham and his ex-wife leading lady Lilli Vanessi is at fever pitch and the pair continue to spat on and off stage. Fred's current love interest Lois Lane continues to create trouble for the whole company as her gambler boyfriend Bill gets embroiled in the producing, bringing two gangsters into the mix which creates a high-energy and explosive farce amongst Shakespeare's text. Cole Porter's score includes hits such as "So in Love", "Brush Up Your Shakespeare", "Always True to You in My Fashion" and "Too Darn Hot" and remains as one of the most enjoyable classic musicals.