Matthew McKenna and Caroline Sheen will play the warring couple at the heart of the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate.
The first production of the season at the Leicestershire space in the grounds of the Kilworth Hotel will run from 31 May until 16 July.
Joining McKenna (Fred Graham) and Sheen (Lilli Vanessi) are: Justin Thomas (Bill Calhoun); Monique Young (Lois Lane); Cory English (Gangster 1); Carl Sanderson (Gangster 2); Gary Davis (General Harrison Howell); Andrew Gordon-Watkins; Piers Bate; Davide Fienauri; Tarinn Callender; Craig Turner; Adam Philpott; Paul Hutton; Thomas Audibert; Emily Squibb; Holly Willock; Katia Sartini; Helen Turner; Molly May Gardiner; Tash Holway; Jessica Pardoe; and Laura Ellis.
Produced by Celia Mackay with returning director Matthew White and choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane heading the creative team, Kiss Me, Kate will bring 1940s Baltimore to life in the Kilworth’s distinctive setting.
First staged on Broadway in 1948, Porter’s Golden Age musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew contains a number of the composer’s best-loved songs including ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Another Op’nin’ Another Show’, ‘Always True To You in My Fashion’ and ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’.