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Opera North

Kiss Me, Kate

Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s Broadway comedy classic comes to London for the very first time.

20 Jun - 30 Jun 2018

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, Kiss Me, Kate revolves around the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady and ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi. 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.

'So hot it's practically a fire risk'

The Guardian


The Arts Desk


The Telegraph

'A cracking good time'

Sunday Times

9 Evening Performances Remaining
3 Matinee Performances Remaining

Tickets from £10 – £105 plus booking fee.*

Signed Performance
27 Jun 2018
Sung in English

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

*London Coliseum charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, to a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Creative Team

James Holmes


Jo Davies


Will Tuckett


Colin Richmond

Set and Costume Designer

Ben Cracknell

Lighting Designer


Stephanie Corley

Lilli Vanessi / Kate

Quirijn de Lang

Fred Graham / Petruchio

Zoë Rainey

Lois Lane / Bianca

Alan Burkitt

Bill Calhoun / Lucentio

Joseph Shovelton


John Savournin


Aiesha Pease


Stephane Anelli


James Hayes

Harry Trevor / Baptista

Jack Wilcox


Malcolm Ridley

Harrison Howell