Anyone who drives anywhere knows that, at any given time, at least one in ten suburban lampposts carries a colourful homemade notice announcing that the local Am-Dram society are putting on Kiss Me, Kate.
Part homage to Shakespeare, part sideswipe at the culture of the theatre, Kiss Me, Kate remains a firm favourite and one of the original show-within-a-show in-jokes. With music from Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate premiered on Broadway in 1948 and, a year later, scooped the highly prestigious Tony Ward for Best Musical. It was Porter's first musical that used the numbers as part of the story (rather than simply a soundtrack) and it became one of his most successful works, playing for more than 1,000 shows in that initial run.
It remains a touchstone for musical theatre and one of our most acclaimed directors, Trevor Nunn, is bringing it back to the London stage with a run at the Old Vic later this year and early next. The new production sees a strong cast including Alex Bourne, David Burt and former West End Tony Manero, Adam Garcia.
Kiss Me Kate previews at the Old Vic on 20th November 2012 until press night on 3rd December, eventually running until 3rd March 2013. We have tickets available now, priced from £25 for previews and from £30 after 3rd December.