"Kiss Me Kate" is a musical comedy that's been performed by an astounding amount of theatre troupes, and for good reason. This story within a story seamlessly ties the plot of a famous Shakespearean play to the hilarious parallels affecting the modern-day actors performing it. The newest production of "Kiss Me Kate" is being performed by the Welsh National Opera, and it's sure to be a rip-roaring performance from start to finish.
The Original Shakespeare Play
"Kiss Me Kate" is heavily influenced by "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare. In fact, "The Taming of the Shrew" is being performed by the actors in "Kiss Me Kate" within the show itself. Over the course of "The Taming of the Shrew," Katherina, or "Kate," transforms from a bad-tempered "shrew" into a "tamed" woman more likely to find a husband in 16th century Italy. And even though "Kiss Me Kate" is based on a classic Shakespearean play, it certainly isn't lacking in constant laughs and snappy tunes.
A Brief Synopsis
The plot of "Kiss Me Kate" is a musical production of "The Taming of the Shrew." Director, producer and starring man Fred Graham is putting on a performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" in 1940s-era Baltimore, but leading lady Lilli Vanessi also happens to be his ex-wife, leading to madcap twists and unbridled hilarity.
"Kiss Me Kate" is a classic musical that was originally composed and produced by songwriter Cole Porter . For the newest performance of "Kiss Me Kate," the Welsh National Opera is working together with Opera North to put on a show that's filled with memorable musical numbers and fantastical period costumes. Director Jo Davies and Conductor James Holmes definitely do justice to this beloved musical, and stars Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern have the chemistry necessary to take on the leading roles.
More About "Kiss Me Kate"
"Kiss Me Kate" is currently being performed at the Welsh National Opera. It will also be playing for a short time starting in Liverpool before heading to Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham and Llandudno, but it'll be returning to Wales intermittently. Get your "Kiss Me Kate" tickets in the city that's most convenient for you. This play has been a smash hit for almost 70 years, and its popularity doesn't show any signs of letting up soon, so it's well-worth it to see what all the hubbub is about.
The "Kiss Me Kate" Experience
With hit songs like "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Kiss Me Kate" is filled with so many great melodies that it'll be hard not to sing along - but try not to. However, you can certainly laugh, which will be easy to do since this play is chock-full of amazing jokes and clever witticisms.