This fun, frothy romantic comedy sees Fred Graham directing, producing and starring in a new, musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Unfortunately, his leading lady is his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, and another of his stars, with a gambling problem, has run afoul of some gangsters. As the production progresses, the lives of the actors begin to mirror the action of the plot, and the lines between backstage and on-stage are blurred.
Performed by Cambridge University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society, it features classic tunes such as Another Op’nin’, Another Show, So in Love and Too Darn Hot.
James Ireland, playing Fred, says: “I am incredibly excited to be involved in Kiss Me, Kate: one of my all-time favourite musicals. From the gorgeous score to the ridiculous yet heart-warming story, this show is an absolute classic! The unique ‘show-within-a-show’ structure offers audiences a rare view behind the scenes and highlights the relationship between life and art, real and pretend.”
Though usually performing Gilbert and Sullivan (you may have seen their production of The Pirates of Penzance last year), the company is excited to be sidestepping from operetta to the glittering world of the musical.
Comments David Rice, musical director: “Kiss Me, Kate was written in the most exciting era of musical theatre; the so-called ‘golden age’, a movement spearheaded by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Cole Porter’s work unfortunately has to stand in the shadow of that great duo, but is no less important.”
The show runs from 26-31 January, 7.45pm. Tickets from £11.