Emmie Newitt

Six reasons to see London revival of KISS ME KATE this summer

Are you ready to be transported to the glamorous world of Broadway’s golden age right in the heart of London this summer? Here’s the reasons you need to see Kiss Me, Kate!

kiss me kate barbican theatreAdrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block, photos supplied by the production.

2024 is the year of dazzling musical revivals like A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly! and Starlight Express - and Kiss Me, Kate is another one which is adding to that bill at the Barbican Theatre from 4 June. With its toe-tapping tunes and witty humour, this musical promises audiences a delightful theatrical experience. Still on the fence about whether to book your tickets? Here are six irresistible reasons why you absolutely need to see Kiss Me, Kate this year.

1. Timeless Music and Lyrics

This is a musical that boasts a score filled with iconic melodies and clever lyrics that have stood the test of time. Cole Porter’s music is a sheer delight for the ears, from the exuberant “Too Darn Hot” to the romantic “So In Love”. Inspired by the ground-breaking integrated musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, this was the first musical Porter worked on where he weaved the music into the story. 

2. Spectacular Choreography

Get ready to be dazzled by the electrifying dance numbers choreographed to perfection by Anthony Van Laast, the award winning choreographer of theatre, film and television. He has worked on critically acclaimed productions of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Mamma Mia! And Sister Act - so we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve for this show! The revival promises to breathe new life into classic routines, blending tap, jazz, and ballet into a mesmerising spectacle. With every step and twirl, the talented ensemble will leave you in awe of their skill and precision at the Barbican Theatre.

3. Hilarious Comedy

Beneath all of the spectacular choreography and timeless music is a riotous comedy at its heart. Kiss Me, Kate is jam packed with witty banter and hilarious moments that make it stand out amongst other classic musicals. Follow the backstage antics of a theatre troupe as they navigate love, jealously, and mistaken identities during a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. With uproarious situations and sharp dialogue, laughter is guaranteed from start to finish. 

4. Incredible Cast Lined Up

With such a powerhouse cast, the Kiss Me, Kate revival in London promises to be a must-see theatrical event. From Tony award winner Stephanie J Block’s powerhouse vocals to Adrian Dunbar’s charismatic charm, and the electrifying energy of Charlie Stemp (Crazy For You, Mary Poppins) and Georgina Onuorah (Oklahoma, Hamilton), this production is sure to delight audiences and leave them begging for an encore.

5. Stunning Costumes and Set Design

The Barbican Theatre will be transformed into a world of glamour and sophistication with the collaboration between the stunning costumes and set design that is planned for Kiss Me, Kate. Transported to the vibrant world of 1940s Broadway, you will be mesmerised by the opulent costumes and the lavish sets that this classic musical has to offer. 

6. Unforgettable Performances

Last but certainly not least, prepare to be spellbound by the extraordinary performances of the talented cast.. From the fiery chemistry between the leads mentioned above to the show-stopping solos and ensemble numbers, each actor brings their character to life with passion and charisma. Whether you're a seasoned theatergoer or a newcomer to the stage, the performances in Kiss Me, Kate are not to be missed.

In conclusion, the Kiss Me, Kate revival in London this summer offers an enchanting blend of music, comedy, and spectacle that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. With its timeless appeal and irresistible charm, this is one theatrical experience that you won't want to miss. So why wait? Book your tickets now and prepare for an evening of sheer theatrical magic!

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