The full-scale Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North bring the magical sound of Broadway to the London Coliseum.
Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, this show revolves around the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, whom are preparing for the opening night.
Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane, her gambler boyfriend Bill – and a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show – and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!
A charming homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare and an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre, Cole Porter’s witty, jazz-inflected score features hit after hit, with show-stopping numbers including ‘Another Op’nin’ Another Show,’ ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare,’ ‘Always True to You in My Fashion’ and ‘Too Darn Hot.’
Bringing together performers from the worlds of both opera and the West End, with the incredible sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North the magical sound of Broadway and the golden age of MGM musicals springs back to life on the London Coliseum stage.
Transferring to the London Coliseum in June 2018, book your tickets to Kiss Me, Kate today!
Confusing start, but once the story started picking up, I got entranced by the humorous performance.
A fantastic show really full of life,wit, colour and energy..A marvellous evening, wonderful singing and, on the night we went, incredible signing too. Way above expectation.
The quality of the production was first rate. The dancing surprisingly good for an Opera company ...
Wonderful music - not a poor song in it. Beautifully sung ( as you’d expect from Northern Opera) , super dancing, well acted and cleverly staged.
Brilliant show. Really uplifting
Amazing singing. Zoe Rainey stood out for us. It was a pity that her friends were only a few seats away and called and whistled at every opportunity. This spoiled the show for us. Some staging needs attention. Group scenes were just that groups! take care with set. I could see the cast going down the stairs set stage right!!!!!
this show was amazing toe tapping from the start just what a proper theatrical experience should be sadly it only ran for ten days however i believe it could of run for a lot longer giving more the opportunity to see what real Theatre is and not pushing aside the magic of COLE PORTERS great work and many great moments left to the world of entertainment
Great music, amazing singers and dancers, fun plot! A must see!
We had problems understanding some of the actors. They spoke too quickly and with the American accent a lot was missed. It was a little "too busy" at times. Overall we enjoyed it.
This show bowled me over: utterly gorgeous in EVERY respect. Fabulous cast and the tap routine was joyous. Big thankyou to all concerned. Oh yes, and comfortable seats too.
A wonderful feel-good show with the best dancing and singing that we have seen for ages.
Wonderful production. Shame it us such a short season
Fantastic performance - singing, dancing, humour - what more could you ask for!
Although some of the songs were familiar, this was our first performance of "Kiss Me Kate" and what an enjoyable evening we had! Great singing, dancing and fun all round. The orchestra's sympathetic accompaniments were particularly good.
This Cole Porter show stands the test of time. It spans the distance between light-hearted Broadway musical comedy and a rigorous plot line with characters we care about and unforgettable music. This production is well conceived, but suffers from being placed in a theatre as big as the Coliseum. The singing is excellent and the orchestral sound exciting. The performances are uniformly good, with Stephanie Corley as Lilli/Kate and Zoe Rainey as Lois/Bianca outstanding, but I found Quirijn de Lang physically somewhat slight as Fred Graham/Petruchio, although his singing was convincing. A good evening in a great theatre.
What a wonderful evening it was to see Opera North performing Kiss Me Kate at The London Coliseum. Great revival , great performances, lovely to look at and as always tremendously well sung . Great support from the brilliant orchestra in the huge Coliseum pit .
I booked the tickets about a year before the production and thought I would take my mum as a surprise. I didn’t know she already enjoyed the film but my the interval she loved the musical too!! As did I. The orchestra was astounding and the characters were superb. I couldn’t fault them, their voices were amazing. The show even had a bit of humour. Couldn’t fault it except the stage lighting with 2 strips of lights hurt my eyes a little because they were quite bright. I would definitely recommend this for anyone for suggestion
This was a really funny and witty production. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Great orchestra, singing and dancing. Came out of the theatre with smiles on our faces - what a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Well done to Opera North - brilliant!
Suberb, lively show. Good to hear a classic. Came out humming the great tunes from the show.
With the doom of Brexit, the economy, the BUS etc etc, this is a great evening to forget all the gloom. Wonderfully energizing and really well sung, acted and danced. Whilst it was amplified, it was not too much. Can really recommend this.
What a talented cast! Oh my goodness, I saw kiss me Kate in London last when I was a child, about fifteen years ago and seeing it again took me back in a heartbeat. The main foursome are incredible and matched by great setwork and a fantastic chorus. Loved especially the numbers of I hate men (yaaaaaas Kate, you queen) and Harry Dick and Tom. Such a good night. Truly wonderful.
Wonderful, perfect production full of skill, enthusiasm and panache; the best version I have ever seen.
Excellent production, great singing, most enjoyable.
Wonderful music, superb singing and dancing and comic timing just right. Still singing the songs today, best birthday present ever.
although not really our sort of musical we enjoyed it, it's always better when you know some of the songs very good
With Cole Porter providing the lyrics and music, it would be difficult not to enjoy this production, and since the production was faultless, one could not leave unhappy.
The production was so good! It had everything - beautiful singing, amazing dancing and a really charismatic cast! The humour was fantastic too! Would go again today if I could even though I only saw it yesterday!
Wit, beautiful singing and great dancing. Fabulous evening.
A really great production. First-class performances from all members of the cast. Vibrant, with clear diction, great voices, and much exuberance. Not to be missed!
Phenomenal! I throughly enjoyed Kiss Me Kate. I laughed and cheered from beginning to the end. I love Shakespeare and musical theatre and this is the perfect combination of both! Congratulations to the cast and crew for a spectacular production! This is a brilliant show to brush up on your shakespeare!
This musical is one of my all time favourites. I have seen at least 6 different productions. This was by far the best and most professional I have ever witnessed. The acting, signing and dancing were of the highest standard and without any blemish. But for me , the highlight was the performance of:- "Brush up Your Shakespeare". The 2 actors carried it off with great humour and feeling. In essence this left the audience begging for more as was seen by the standing ovation the entire company received at its end. I should like to recommend that as many people as possible should go to London Coliseum before the short run finishes. My only disappointment was that there were many unoccupied seats.
Went to see the Wednesday matinee and considering it’s over 50 years old I found it fab. It’s roughly set around Taming of the Screw. It’s a funny love story and enjoyable in equal measures. I can’t remember ever seeing the film but the character of Fred Graham must have been Howard Keel (which I confirmed when I googled it after the show). All of the actors are fantastic and I hope it goes on to do a tour. Thank you all for a fantastic afternoon x
Can’t write much due to time restraints but this was simply sublime. The play is one of my favourites, Cole Porter being the wittiest of all the great 20th century songwriters. Sets, costumes, orchestra and for me the standout was the choreography
Booked seats as a last minute decision. Turned out to be an excellent evenings entertainment! Brilliant singing and superb dancing. The final solo tap routine was amazing! Highly recommended.
I thought this was the worst show I have ever seen. Didn't stay for the second half.
London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES
Refunds are not available after purchase.
Total Running Time: 2 hours 52 Minutes
Good To Know
A co-production with Welsh National Opera
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking
No food or drink purchased off-site including alcohol, soft drinks and water are permitted inside the theatre.
How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email with an e-ticket attached. Please print this e-ticket and present it to the front of house staff, they will direct you to your pre-purchased seat. You must have a printed copy of the e-ticket along with some photographic ID.
We recommend you arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance to settle into your seats.
★★★★★ “So hot it's practically a fire risk” - The Guardian
★★★★★ “Don’t miss this. A real treat” - Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ “Funny, smart and wise” - The Arts Desk
★★★★ “A cracking good time” - Sunday Times
★★★★ “Opera North gives this masterpiece the works in the most musically satisfying version of Porter’s show I've seen” - The Stage
★★★★ “Explodes with irresistible energy” - The Telegraph
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Always True To You In My Fashion
So In Love
Suitable For Children
No under 5s will be admitted.
When Can I Go
20 – 30 June 2018
Where Do I Go
Venue Address: London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Charing Cross - 0.2 miles Northern Line
Leicester Square - 0.2 miles Northern & Piccadilly Lines
Covent Garden - 0.3 miles Piccadilly Line