COLE PORTER’S KISS ME, KATE
From the inspirational, award-winning director Anita Adams comes a musical the likes of which will dazzle and amaze.
Welcome to a sizzling Baltimore where we experience another opening, another show. This is Taming of the Shrew, a story that appears to be playing out backstage, as well as in front of the audience...
Take a love triangle that's more of a love hexagon, throw in a couple of gangsters chasing the wrong man and a show that's got to succeed or close, and you have the tremendous toe-tapping tale that is Cole Porter's legendary musical Kiss Me, Kate.
Tickets £8 - £17.50 with the usual concessions. Order yours through any member of Leeds G&S Society or from the City Centre Box Office.
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Anita trained at Bretton Hall College and is an accomplished musical theatre actress and director and has performed several lead roles both in London and regionally. She is an award winning singer. Anita has over 17 years experience as a Director and Choreographer and has worked extensively with a number … Read More
New Zealand born and bred, Jonathan studied Conducting and Piano at the University of Otago and has been involved in opera and music theatre productions in one capacity or another since he was 8. He moved to the UK two years ago, and since then has worked regularly with Opera … Read More
Paul has been a member of the Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan society since 2007 when he crewed on their production of The Gondoliers. He was a regular crew member then up until 2011 when he stage managed their production of The Yeomen of the Guard and has continued to stage … Read More
Lighting Design - Steve Limb
Backstage - Simon Futers, Bryan Craven, Leigh Craven, Paul Harding, Judith Huntley
Set Design - Anita Adams, Matt Stirk
Properties - Judith Smith, John Haywood
Wardrobe and Make-up - Judith Huntley, Emma Stirk, Joy Suthern
Publicity - Katie Lister, Janet Johnston, Becky Barwick
Programme - Matt Stirk, Becky Barwick, Katie Lister
Front of House Manager - Richard Naylor
IN THE PRESS
A company of actors come together to put the finishing touches to a new musical production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Fred Graham is the show’s producer, director and leading man, playing opposite his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi, the movie star who is now engaged to General Harrison Howell.
Fred and Lilli still have a tempestuous relationship and Lilli is jealous of Fred who is pursuing his new young ingénue, Lois Lane. Lois’s boyfriend Bill is a gambler and frequently misses rehearsals. He has racked up multiple debts and has just signed an IOU in Fred’s name for $10,000.
Backstage, Lilli shows off her engagement ring and reminds Fred it is the anniversary of their divorce. They end up reminiscing about the shows they did together when they first met, and it is obvious that both still have feelings for each other.
Two sinister gangsters show up to demand the $10,000 from Fred who doesn’t understand what they are talking about. They agree to come back after the show but warn him they’ll be watching. Flowers are mistakenly delivered to Lilli’s dressing room from Fred who tries to stop her reading the card which reveals they were actually intended for Lois. Lilli says she will read the card later onstage.
As the performance begins we see the beginning of the musical as Petruchio (Fred) wants to marry Kate (Lilli) but she has no intention of getting married. Despite his efforts to woo her, she refuses. During the performance, Lilli reads the card and realises that the flowers were not intended for her, so plays her role of Kate with added realism – and violence.
Off-stage Lilli threatens to leave the show, but Fred and the gangsters force her to stay so he can pay off the $10,000 gambling debt. As the show continues on-stage we see Petruchio and Kate’s wedding, with the gangsters now in place to make sure that Lilli doesn’t leave the stage – much to the bemusement of the rest of the cast.
The second act opens during the interval of Shrew!, as the cast escape to the roof in the stifling heat. As the play then continues, Petruchio attempts to tame Kate on-stage whilst backstage Lilli’s fiancé General Howell, has arrived to take her away. Lois recognises him as a past lover, and Bill reacts badly, but Lois tells him that she will always be true to him in her fashion. Lilli leaves the theatre, leaving Fred bereft.
Meanwhile, the gangsters find out that their boss has been killed so the IOU is no longer valid. They are caught on-stage in costume and deliver a rousing tribute to Shakespeare in their own special way.
The conclusion of the play then takes place at the wedding of Bianca and Lucentio, but how can it end without Kate?