Welsh National Opera – Kiss Me Kate


Full of wit, dance, show business and hit songs including ‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’, ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ and ‘Always True to You in My Fashion’, Kiss Me, Kate will leave any ‘Tom, Dick or Harry’ grinning from ear to ear.

1940s Baltimore. And it’s op’nin’ night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Rehearsals are over, costumes donned and there’s a 10 minute curtain call.

What you’re about to witness is a whole lot more than Shakespeare’s comic love story…

Leading lady and superstar Lilli Vanessi is the ex-wife of the show’s charming leading man, Fred Graham. Fred has a fondness for flirtatious fresh-faced Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Lois’ boyfriend Bill is getting himself into debt (under Fred’s name) which leads to hairy encounters with a pair of foolhardy gangsters. The stories unfold on and off-stage, comically intertwined in Cole Porter’s classic musical.

★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Guardian

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking.

  • Performances begin at 7.30pm
  • Running time approximately two hours and 50 minutes including one interval
  • Sung in English


Kiss, Me Kate is a co-production with Opera North. Music used on our radio advert is played by the Orchestra of Opera North.

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  • Date: 27th - 29th October, 7.30pm
  • Location:

    New Theatre, Oxford, George Street

  • Price: Tickets from £17.90
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