News: Adrian Dunbar And Stephanie J Block To Star In Kiss Me, Kate

January 17, 2024
News: Adrian Dunbar And Stephanie J Block To Star In Kiss Me, Kate

From the producer of the smash hit musical Anything Goes and A Strange Loop (both staged at the Barbican), comes this majestic new production of Cole Porter’s musical masterpiece, hailed as “Porter’s greatest musical comedy”.

The revival of Kiss Me, Kate, announced today by Trafalgar Theatre Productions, will be led by ‘Line of Duty’ star Adrian Dunbar, and Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block. Dunbar will be making his Musical Theatre debut in Kiss Me, Kate, as the role of Fred Graham/Petruchio whilst Block will be making her West End debut as Lilli Vanessi/ Katherine.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter and the original book by Bella & Samuel Spewack, this magnificent new production, directed by Bartlett Sher, promises a symphony of wit, charm and musical brilliance for London audiences. The creative team, announced today, also includes renowned choreographer Anthony Van Laast, accomplished costume designer Catherine Zuber and leading set designer Michael Yeargan.

Producer Howard Panter said: “I’m delighted to be working with Adrian, Stephanie and Bart to bring this classic, hilarious golden-age musical comedy to the Barbican this summer. Cole Porter’s timeless masterpiece has everything you want: it’s fun, infectious and pure entertainment. This, like Anything Goes, will be the perfect summer treat for London audiences this year.

Adrian Dunbar commented: “I’m so delighted to be returning to the stage this summer to my spiritual home at the Barbican – where I started my career at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama – especially in this Cole Porter classic with the wonderful creative team including Bart Sher and Stephanie J. Block.  Summer 2024 just got a lot brighter!

Stephanie J. Block replied: “Look…when asked to bring a Cole Porter classic to the Barbican stage under the care and vision of Bart Sher, one must say yes! There are so many ‘firsts’ to this opportunity, and at this stage of my career, ‘firsts’ are not the norm. How wonderfully scary and challenging and THRILLING. I cannot wait to dive into this timeless classic and put a fresh stamp on it alongside the incredible Adrian Dunbar. Mark my words, this KISS ME, KATE will most definitely not be just ‘another openin’, another show’.

This musical farce which brilliantly showcases Cole Porter’s razor-sharp wit, has won Best Musical at the Tony Awards. It’s a sophisticated, ferociously funny, show within a show – which whisks you into a world of backstage chaos and romantic entanglements as a theatre company attempt to put on a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. The battle of the sexes takes centre stage as former spouses feud, only to find the off-stage antics rival the drama on-stage. Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, confused love, gangsters and a spectacular tap routine and you get Kiss Me, Kate – which will bring unabashed joy to audiences. Premiering at the Barbican Theatre on 4th June 2024 until 14th September 2024.

Tickets go on sale Friday 19th January.