Throughout February and right up to 02 March 2013, Kiss Me Kate brings a little bit of Broadway magic to the Old Vic Theatre to warm us up over the winter months. Directed by Trevor Nunn and featuring music and lyrics by American composer, Cole Porter, it boasts some celebrated show tunes, including ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Brush up your Shakespeare’ and ‘Another Op’nin, Another Show’,
An energetic show-within-a-show Kiss Me Kate is bound to be a hit with Theatre Breaks audiences especially as it stars Hannah Waddingham, Alex Bourne, Clive Rowe and Adam Garcia, and has choreography by Stephen Mear.
So what’s it about?
With gun-toting gangsters and romantic entanglements set against a touring musical production of Taming of The Shrew, our hero has come to “wive it weathily in Padua“! But just like the lead character of the play they are touring, Fred has a shrewish leading lady to contend with – his ex wife: Lilli! In the meantime, young lovers Bill and Lois also have their problems and to add to the fun, gangsters turn up to collect a gambling debt from Bill! Will the show go on? Will the debt get paid? Will Fred and Lilli actually kill each other before the final curtain?
Nunn’s fabulous creation will have you dancing in the aisles as the list of cracking song titles goes on… Why Can’t You Behave, So In Love Am I, Wunderbar, Tom, Dick or Harry, Were Thine That Special Face, I Hate Men and Always True to You (In My Fashion).
Monday to Saturday evenings: 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm
The Old Vic is on the south side of the River Thames so if you want to stay close by look out for hotels such as the 3 star Days Hotel Waterloo, The 5 star London Marriot Hotel County Hall and the 4 star Mercure London Bridge Hotel.
There is also a handy travelodge by Waterloo and a Novotel, however don’t miss the opportunity of walking across one of the Thames bridges after the show – the view up and down the river is worth the trip to London on its own.