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23 May - 7 Jul 2018

Cole Porter’s dazzling comedy of musical mischief will leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!

On the opening night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi are set to collide.

Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill – plus a couple of gun-toting gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show – and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!

Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. With show-stopping songs including 'BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE,’ 'ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU IN MY FASHION' and 'SO IN LOVE,' performed by an all-singing, all-dancing cast of international singers and West End stars, our spectacular production is simply ‘TOO DARN HOT’ to miss out on!’

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Kiss Me, Kate is 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

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


Sung in English

Official West End Trailer

BSL Introduction

The Music

What the critics say

...all the Broadway pizzazz you could hope for...spectacularly energetic...

WhatsOnStage - Full Review ›

The pinnacle of song-and-dance Shakespeare...'Too Darn Hot' simmers with the sexual fever of a company on the road.

The Guardian - Full Review ›

...a doozy of a spectacle with sumptuous, luscious sound.

The Times - Full Review ›

It's a joy to hear this orchestra do justice to lusciousness and comic sass of Cole Porter's score.

The Independent - Full Review ›

...slick and smart... a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Financial Times - Full Review ›

...layered, witty and full of mischief.

Evening Standard - Full Review ›

...bags of fun.

Daily Mail - Full Review ›

...a beautifully lavish production with exquisite period costumes and a towering backstage set...

The Stage - Full Review ›

sends spirits soaring...this is a very colourful feather in the company's rainbow hat.

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›




Kiss Me, Kate | Your Reaction

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Our sizzling production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate has opened in Leeds, ahead of its visits to London Coliseum and Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Here's some of what our audiences have said on social media so far... Read More

  • Fred Graham / Petruchio Quirijn de Lang
  • Lilli Vanessi / Katharine Stephanie Corley
  • Lois Lane / Bianca Zoë Rainey
  • Bill Calhoun / Lucentio Alan Burkitt
  • Hortensio Jack Wilcox
  • Gremio Piers Bate
  • Hattie Aiesha Pease
  • Paul Stephane Anelli
  • Gunman Joseph Shovelton
  • Gunman John Savournin
  • Harry Trevor / Baptista James Hayes
  • Harrison Howell Malcolm Ridley
  • Nathaniel Adam Tench
  • Gregory Tatenda Madamombe
  • Phillip Deangelo Jones
  • Ralph (Stage Manager) Claire Pascoe
  • Stage Doorman Jeremy Peaker
  • Cab Driver Ivan Sharpe
  • Dancers Michelle Andrews, Rachael Crocker, Freya Field, Kate Ivory Jordan, Harrison Clark, Jordan Livesey, Ben Oliver, Ross Russell, Stephanie Elstob
Creative Team
  • Conductor (ex 26 (mat) May; 23 (mat), 28, 30 (mat) June; 6 July) James Holmes
  • Conductor (26 (mat) May; 23 (mat), 28, 30 (mat) June; 6 July Oliver Rundell
  • Director Jo Davies
  • Revival Director Edward Goggin
  • Set and Costume Designer Colin Richmond
  • Choreographer Will Tuckett
  • Associate Choreographer David Hulston
  • Lighting Designer Ben Cracknall

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The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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What you say

Comment from Janette McDonald


Janette McDonald said ago

Saw Opera North “Kiss Me Kate” at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre tonight. Fantastic show with a terrific cast. Singing, dancing and stage production were excellent and I laughed and laughed. Great comic timing from the whole crew. The orchestra was first class. I love the theatre and this was one of the most entertaining evenings I’ve had in years.

Thank you so much. So in love with you am I + Wunderbar.

Comment from Iris Astley


Iris Astley said ago

Saw this performance last night in London and it was amazing. The singing and dancing was fantastic highly recommend yo go and see

Comment from David


David said ago

A wonderful performance with some brilliantly witty nuances. The singing and dancing was superb, all underpinned by first-rate orchestral playing. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't yet seen this production!

Comment from Frank


Frank said ago

Excellent performance in Leeds. Loved the music and the tap. Keep up the mixed repertoire between Classical and other forms of music.. I only discovered Opera North a few years ago and would love to see a performance of Kismet, which I understand was toured about 10 years ago.

Comment from Keith Davies


Keith Davies said ago

We enjoyed Kiss me Kate very much. Whilst Opera rather than Light Opera /Musicals would be our preference we agree with the comments of others that a production of this type could well be included in each year's programme.
The Opera North productions of G and S and other Musicals are far better than ones we have seen when performed by other companies.
Kiss me Kate was especially good. It was difficult to believe that it was the same production as the one done before. It was more lively ,humorous and electrifying.

Comment from Nicholas


Nicholas said ago

Excellent in all respects: orchestra, singing, choreography and comic timing.
The 'Brush up your Shakespeare' routine performed by the two gangsters was a first class comic double act on this occasion (compared with what I thought was a flawed performance last time Opera North did it). The addition of 'personal business' between the two characters also worked very well.
Despite purist voices, it would be well worth Opera North including one classic musical and/or a Gilbert and Sullivan piece in each year's repertoire.

Comment from Pauline


Pauline said ago

Every aspect of the production was so good - set, lighting, costumes, orchestra, movement, scene changes,

acting, singing, involving the audience . . .

e v e r y t h I n g made it such a perfect experience!

Comment from barriehopson


barriehopson said ago

KISS ME KATE! I have been privileged in the past few weeks to see some great plays and fantastic comedic experiences but this weekend has actually managed to top them all. Opera North's production of Kiss Me Kate. I am old enough to remember the 1950's film of this with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. Music amazing, choreography and singing outstanding, very funny and involving the audience (packed by the way). It was such an uplifting experience on a warm Leeds Saturday night that on a hot Leeds day today I searched the internet and found the original film version which we have just watched this evening. The film was wonderful but you know - the Opera North version was actually better. If you can still get tickets - go!

Comment from Bob Cockell


Bob Cockell said ago

Really enjoyed it last time, just as good with new cast, could have sat through it again.

Comment from Judith


Judith said ago

I loved this production of "Kiss Me Kate" - everything about it was simply perfect. Singing, acting, humour, set, costumes - all excellent. A very memorable occasion - thank you, Opera North.

Comment from Merrin


Merrin said ago

Stunning show. Enjoyed every moment. Heard every word of the clever lyrics due to crystal clear diction. Such colour and movement, the stage direction is amazing.

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