Discover the cast of Kiss Me, Kate

Discover the cast of Kiss Me, Kate

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    An outstanding cast has been announced for the return of Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, coming to the London Coliseum for a two-week run in June 2018.

    Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre.

    On the opening night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi are set to collide. Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill – plus a couple of gun-toting gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show - and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!

    Stephanie Corley joins the cast of Kiss Me, Kate for the first time, in the role of Lilli Vanessi/ Kate. Her recent creidts include The Merry Widow and Flight.

    Quirijn de Lang is back as Lilli’s ex-husband and tormentor-in-chief, Fred Graham/Petruchio. His many recent roles include Sam in Trouble in Tahiti and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

    Zoë Rainey comes to the role of Lois Lane/Bianca flushed with the success of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre.

    Dancer, singer and actor Alan Burkitt returns as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, having played the role during Welsh National Opera’s run of Kiss Me, Kate, followed with Top Hat.

    Joseph Shovelton and John Savournin will reprise their scene-stealing turn as the dopey mobsters gifted one of Cole Porter’s most brilliant works, ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’

    Recently seen in the UK tour of Sister Act, Aiesha Pease exchanges her habit for Hattie’s apron and ‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’.

    Singer and dancer Stephane Anelli will lead the ensemble in ‘Too Darn Hot’ as Paul. His other West End credits include Singin’ in the Rain and Saturday Night Fever.

    A veteran of stage and screen, James Hayes returns as Harry Trevor/Baptista, after making his first foray into musicals in Opera North’s original production.

    Another An American in Paris alumnus, Jack Wilcox, plays Hortensio, while Malcolm Ridley, who has previously worked with the National Theatre and Donmar, plays Harrison Howell.

    Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North comments:

    Kiss Me, Kate is a real treat of a show, boasting what is probably Cole Porter’s richest, most accomplished theatrical score. It’s serious fun, and Opera North’s landmark production approaches it with the respect it demands, benefiting from David Charles Abell’s critical edition of the score and recognizing the huge range of musical and dramatic skills that it calls for.

    “It’s with this in mind that we have brought together a formidably gifted cast from the worlds of opera and musical theatre, to join the internationally-acclaimed forces of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. We’re thrilled to be bringing this stunning production back to the stage in 2018, and to perform for audiences in Leeds, Ravenna, London and Edinburgh.”

    Kiss Me, Kate is conducted by James Holmes (Carousel) and directed by Jo Davies (Ruddigore, Carousel, The Marriage of Figaro). Sets and costumes are designed by Colin Richmond and the choreography is by Will Tuckett (West Side Story, The Wind in the Willows, Elizabeth).

    Coming to the London Coliseum from 20 June 2018, book your Kiss Me, Kate tickets today!