Kiss Me, Kate

(Premiere 2012)
DIRECTOR Trevor Nunn
DESIGNER Robert Jones
THEATRE Old Vic
DESCRIPTION
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.
WTDir RATING:

Country: United Kingdom

Runtime: 170 min

CAST (ACTORS | DANCERS | SINGERS)

Richard Jones | Phillip / Assistant Dance Captain
Dancer
Jo Morris | Citizen of Padua / Understudy - On-Stage Swing
Dancer
Samuel Holmes | Gremio
Singer
Christopher Dickins | Pops / Understudy - Fred Graham, General Harrison Howell
Singer
Lucinda Lawrence | Understudy - Off-Stage Swing
Dancer
Clive Rowe | Second Man
Singer
Singer
Mark Heenehan | General Harrison Howell
Singer
David Burt | First Man
Singer
Carolyn Maitland | Citizen of Padua / Understudy - Lilli Vanessi
Singer
Holly Dale Spencer | Lois Lane
Singer
Michelle Bishop | Wardrobe Lady / Understudy - Hattie
Singer
Alex Bourne | Fred Graham
Singer
Adam Garcia | Bill Calhoun
Singer
Tim Walton | Nathaniel / Understudy - First Man, Harry Trevor
Singer
Warren Sollars | Gregory
Singer
Kate Tydman | Dance Captain
Dancer
Stuart Winter | Understudy - Gremio, Off-Stage Swing
Dancer
Hannah Waddingham | Lilli Vanessi
Singer
Wendy Mae Brown | Hattie
Singer
Paul Grunert | Harry Trevor
Singer
Kevin Brewis | Hortensio
Singer
Flik Swan | Servant to Bianca
Singer
Tanya Robb | Citizen of Padua / Understudy - Lois Lane
Singer
Shaun Henson | Ralph / Understudy - Second Man
Singer

Creatives

Director | Trevor Nunn
Playwright | Bella Spewack
Playwright | Sam Spewack
Musical Director | Gareth Valentine
Designer | Robert Jones
Lighting Designer | Tim Mitchell
Choreographer | Stephen Mear
Arranger | Gareth Valentine
Sound Designer | Paul Groothuis
Fight Director | Terry King
Music | Cole Porter
Wig Supervisor | Adam Phillips
Wig Supervisor | Campbell Young
Associate Director | Michael Oakley
Assistant Choreographer | Jo Morris
Casting Director | Pippa Ailion CDG
Dialect Coach | Penny Dyer
Associate Lighting Designer | Adrian Barnes
Associate Sound Designer | Ken Hampton
Assistant Casting Director | Louis Constantine
Assistant Musical Director | Corin Buckeridge
Sound Engineer | Richard George
Sound Engineer | Tim Rawlings
Wig Dresser | John May
Lyricist | Cole Porter
Musical Supervisor | Gareth Valentine
Orchestrator | Chris Egan

Production

Costume Supervisor | Irene Bohan , Lucy Walshaw
Stage Crew | Alan Morley , Simon Black
Chief Electrician | Doug Currie
Follow Spot Operator | Ian Jarvis , Nathaniel Rhodes
Deputy Wardrobe Supervisor | Louise Askins
Wardrobe Supervisor | Fiona Lehmann
Production Manager | Dominic Fraser
Stage Manager | Laura Deards
Deputy Stage Manager | Lou Bann
Assistant Stage Manager | Emma Chapman , Jo Serbyn
Sound Operator | Mike Keniger , Luke Freeborough
Stage Supervisor | Tom Humphrey
Board Operator | Keith Hayes
Prop Supervisor | Lisa Buckley
Deputy Stage Supervisor | Steve Grant

Opera

Orchestra Manager | Andy Barnwell , Pete Harrison

Orchestra

Woodwinds

Piccolo | Adrian Revell
Clarinets (in C, B♭, or A) | Jay Craig , Adrian Revell , Bob Sydor

other wind (aerophones)

Saxophone / alto | Jay Craig , Adrian Revell
Tenor saxophone | Bob Sydor
Piccolo trumpet | Gavin Mallett
Trombone | Winston Rollins
Flugelhorn | Gavin Mallett , Derek Watkins
Horn/French horn | Matt Gunner
Clarinet / Bass | Jay Craig
Bass trombone | Winston Rollins

Percussion

Drum kit | Allan Cox

Strings

Mandolin | Andy G Jones
Guitars: | Andy G Jones
Double bass | Rutledge Turnlund

Keyboards

Harmonium | Corin Buckeridge

PHOTOS

TRAILER

DETAILS

PERFORMANCE TYPE: MUSICAL

THEATRES
REVIVAL

Old Vic, 20/11/2012 - 02/03/2013

REVIEWS

'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.'

STORYLINE

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.