The Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre present

Book by Sam & Bella Spewack

Kiss Me, Kate

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter

The dazzling, multi-award-winning classic Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate comes to The Old Vic this Christmas. This glittering new production, directed by Trevor Nunn, stars Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe and Hannah Waddingham.

This exuberant show-within-a-show throws together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements against a backdrop of a touring musical production of The Taming of the Shrew. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter the terrific score is shot through with wit, charm and energy with spectacular choreography by Stephen Mear (Crazy For You, Betty Blue Eyes, Hello Dolly and Mary Poppins).

Trevor Nunn returns to The Old Vic following the success of Inherit the Wind, Richard II and Hamlet. He was the Artistic Director of the RSC and the National Theatre and has directed in the West End, on Broadway and for film and television. He has directed most of the Shakespeare canon, and other credits include Flare Path, A Little Night Music, Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma! Les Miserables and Cats.

Trevor Nunn’s slick and sassy musical is too darn hot

Evening Standard

Brimming over with Cole Porter classics

Daily Express

The razzle dazzle is turned up to 11


Cast Members

  • Michelle Bishop

    Wardrobe Lady

  • Alex Bourne

    Fred Graham/ Petruchio

  • Kevin Brewis


  • Wendy Mae Brown


  • David Burt

    First Man

  • Christopher Dickins


  • Adam Garcia

    Bill Calhoun/ Lucentio

  • Paul Grunert

    Harry Trevor/ Baptista

  • Mark Heenhan

    General Harrison Howell

  • Shaun Henson


  • Samuel Holmes


  • Richard Jones


  • Carolyn Maitland

    Citizen of Padua

  • Jo Morris

    Citizen of Padua

  • Jason Pennycooke


  • Tanya Robb

    Citizen of Padua

  • Clive Rowe

    Second Man

  • Warren Sollars


  • Holly Dale Spencer

    Lois Lane/ Bianca

  • Flik Swan

    Servant to Bianca

  • Kate Tydman

    Dance Captain

  • Hannah Waddingham

    Lilli Vanessi/ Katherine

  • Tim Walton


  • Lucinda Lawrence

    Off-stage Swing

  • Stuart Winter

    Off-stage Swing

Creative Team

  • Cole Porter

    Music and Lyrics

  • Trevor Nunn


  • Stephen Mear


  • Gareth Valentine

    Dance Arrangements, Musical Supervisor and Musical Director

  • Robert Jones


  • Tim Mitchell


  • Chris Egan


  • Paul Groothuis


  • Pippa Ailion


  • Andy Barnwell

    Orchestral Manager

  • Corin Buckeridge

    Assistant Musical Director

  • Penny Dyer

    Dialect Coach

  • Terry King

    Fight Director

  • Michael Oakley

    Associate Director