'Another Op'nin', Another Show:' Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.
Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.
Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.
Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string of recent Opera North successes, including Ruddigore, Carousel and The Marriage of Figaro. New choreography is by Will Tuckett, whose recent shows include The Crucible, The Turn of the Screw (The Royal Ballet), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead) and The Wind in the Willows (The Royal Ballet and West End). Featuring breathtaking designs, a 40-piece orchestra and renowned West End stars, this show is simply 'Too Darn Hot' to be missed!
Sung in English
Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera