Kiss Me Kate, Welsh National Opera

Kiss Me Kate 
Presented in English   

Cole Porter's popular Kiss Me Kate, a musical based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew was part of the Welsh National Opera's autumn Shakespeare400 Season. WNO Artistic Director David Pountney said ‘It's a marvellous opportunity for us to bring together enormously varied works which Shakespeare’s works have inspired.’

Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking

Creative Team
Conductors: James Holmes (except for the dates listed below) and Gareth Jones (for October 14-29, November 12 matinee, December 7-10 matinees)
Director: Jo Davies
Set & Costume Designer: Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer: Ben Cracknell
Choreographer: Will Tuckett
Sound Designer: Sebastian Frost
Associate Choreographer: David Hulston
Staff Director: Sarah Crisp
Associate Director: Ed Goggin
Assistant to Choreographers: Alex Newton

Fred Graham/Petruchio: Quirijn de Lang
Lilli Vanessi/Katherine: Jeni Bern
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio: Alan Burkitt
Harry Trevor/Baptista: Morgan Deare
Lois Lane/Bianca: Amelia Adams-Pearce
Hattie: Landi Oshinowo
Harrison Howell: David Peart
1st Gunman: Joseph Shovelton
2nd Gunman: John Savournin
Hortensio: Matthew Barrow
Gremio: Jon Tsouras
Gregory: Joseph Poulton
Phillip: Louis Quaye
Nathaniel: Adam Tench
Paul: Max Parker
Ralph (Stage Manager): Rosie Hay
Stage Doorman: Martin Lloyd
Cab Driver: Julian Boyce
Dancers: Alex Christian, Flora Dawson, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Ella Martine, Jamie Emma McDonald, Matthew John Gregory

2016 UK tour:
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales (September 29-October 2, 2016)
Liverpool Empire Theatre (October 5-7, 2016)
Bristol Hippodrome (October 13-15, 2016)
New Theatre Oxford (October 27-29, 2016)
Mayflower Theatre Southampton (November 3-5, 2016)
Birmingham Hippodrome (November 10-12, 2016)
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales, (November 24-26, 2016)
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales (December 6-10, 2016)

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Selected Reviews:
Guardian review (4 stars, Cardiff performance): "a shoo-in for WNO’s Shakespeare-themed autumn season and a suitable antidote to its earlier Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice." "There’s always something irresistible about the feelgood factor of Porter’s music." "mischievous."

The Stage review (4 stars, Cardiff performance): "Opera companies tackling musicals doesn’t always work, but there are a couple of genuine advantages in the case of an old-school classic like Cole Porter’s brilliant backstage fantasia on Taming of the Shrew. One is that you get a chance to hear the full-scale original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker, sounding a million dollars here under the baton of musicals specialist James Holmes. The other is the quality of voices lavished on some of Porter’s most romantic songs."

The Times review (4 stars, Cardiff Performance): "Iffy accents, but in the song and dance numbers there’s style, energy and high spirits galore"

Birmingham Post review (Birmingham performance): "absolutely fabulous"

Funding and Sponsorship:
A co-production with Opera North

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