Onstage romance collides with backstage drama in this musical comedy about the highs and lows of working in theatre.
When ego-centric actor-manager Fred Graham and his fiery ex-wife Lilli Vanessi find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks begin to fly.
Meanwhile in another corner of Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore, Fred’s current flame and rising star Lois Lane attempts to tame her gambler boyfriend only to be thwarted by the arrival of a couple of gangsters who somehow find themselves centre stage!
Despite chaos reigning on and offstage, the show must go on! Will the cast make it to curtain up or will they literally bring the house down?
Showbiz shenanigans together with Cole Porter’s jazz-inflected score form a sparkling tribute to theatre in all its greasepaint and glory. Kiss Me, Kate’s iconic music and razor-sharp wit are catapulted into the limelight by a cast of actor-musicians performing showstopping numbers including Too Darn Hot, Another Op’nin’ Another Show, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and So in Love.
Olivier award-winner Rebecca Trehearn will play Lilli with David Ricardo-Pearce cast opposite her as Fred. David returns to The Watermill following his performance as Anthony in John Doyle’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd.
Directed by Paul Hart
Designed by Frankie Bradshaw
Musical Supervision and Orchestration by Tom Attwood
Choreography by Oti Mabuse
Lighting designed by Rory Beaton
Sound designed by Tom Marshall
Associate Choreographer James Bennett
Associate Director Lucy Betts
Andre Fabien Francis
David Ricardo Pearce
Dan de Cruz