Kiss Me, Kate


Having played at the Leicester Curve in summer 2023, KISS ME, KATE is transferring to the Barbican Theatre for a limited 15 week run in summer 2024!

To be or not to be…in love. That’s the question.

From Cole Porter, the composer of the recent smash hit musical Anything Goes, also at the Barbican, this sizzling new production of KISS ME, KATE, stars the multi-award-winner Adrian Dunbar (Ridley, Line of Duty) and Tony Award-winning Broadway royalty Stephanie J. Block (Into The Woods, The Cher Show, 9 to 5) making her West End debut. This dynamite duo head the summer’s hottest cast alongside Olivier nominee Charlie Stemp (Crazy For You, Mary Poppins), rising star Georgina Onuorah (The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria, Shrek The Musical), Peter Davison (Dr Who, All Creatures Great and Small) and Hammed Animashaun (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Black Ops).

This new production is directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific and To Kill A Mockingbird) and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, Hair). With a company of over 50 including a full-scale orchestra and featuring Cole Porter classics such as Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Too Darn Hot, Always True To You (In my Fashion) and Tom, Dick or Harry, KISS ME, KATE is the perfect Summer musical for 2024.

KISS ME, KATE is the all-zinging, all-dancing musical comedy, hailed as ‘the ultimate Broadway musical from the golden age’ (Financial Times). It’s a simple love story…about two people who just can’t stand each other. Guess who wins…

Book your KISS ME, KATE theatre tickets with LOVEtheatre today!

What is Kiss Me, Kate about?

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate each other, they are also still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show’s supporting actress, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the clutches of local gangsters.

Ticket Information

Tickets available for performances from 4 Jun – 14 Sep 2024

Running Time

2hrs 35mins (incl. interval)

Cast & Creatives


Stephanie J Block (Lilli Vanessi/Katharine), Adrian Dunbar (Fred Graham/Petruchio), Peter Davison (The General), Charlie Stemp (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio), Georgina Onuorah (Lois Lane/Bianca), Josie Benson (Hattie), Jack Butterworth (Paul), Jude Owusu (Harry Trevor/Baptista), Carl Au (Hortensio/Ensemble), Jordan Crouch (Gremio/Ensemble), Gary Milner (Ralph/Ensemble), James Hume (Pops/Ensemble), Nigel Lindsay, Hammed Animashaun, Alisha Capon, Shani Cator, Maya de Faria, Amelia Kinu Muus, Jacqui Jameson, Lucas Koch, Alex Lodge, Nell Martin, Anna McGarahan, John Stacey and Harrison Wilde. Swings are Robin Kent, Barry Drummond, Emily Goodenough and Maddie Harper (Ensemble)

Cole Porter (Composer), Bartlett Sher (Director), Sam and Bella Spewack (Book), Anthony Van Laast (Choreographer), Michael Yeargan (Set Designer), Catherine Zuber (Costume Designer), Donald Holder (Lighting Designer), Adam Fisher (Sound Designer), Stephen Ridley (Music Supervisor)

Booking Period

4 Jun - 14 Sep 2024

Weekly Performances

Monday 7:30PM
Tuesday 7:30PM
Wednesday 7:30PM
Thursday 2:30PM, 7:30PM
Friday 7:30PM
Saturday 2:30PM, 7:30PM

For group bookings of 10 or more:
Submit a request online

Or call 020 7206 1176

Venue Information

Barbican Theatre

Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS

Get Directions

Nearest Tube/Rail Station



Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street.

Nearest Car Parks

The Barbican Car Parks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are always manned.


Financial Times

'The ultimate Broadway musical from the golden age'

Do you need help?

Visit our Help Centre