Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will make its debut in the capital at the London Coliseum in June next year.
Bringing together top talent from the worlds of opera and the West End stage, and featuring the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, the London run of the lavish Broadway-style production will follow six performances at the Leeds Grand Theatre (23-26 May 2018).
The acclaimed production, directed by Jo Davies and conducted by James Holmes who also worked together on last year’s Welsh National Opera run of the production, will play the Coliseum from 20-30 June 2018.
Announcing details of the London run, Opera North’s general director Richard Mantle said: “Kiss Me, Kate is a real treat of a show, boasting what is probably Cole Porter’s richest, most accomplished theatrical score, brought to life by the talented forces of the orchestra and chorus of Opera North, and combining the best opera and musical theatre performers.
“We are thrilled to announce this new transfer to the heart of the West End, following two hugely successful runs in the repertoire of Opera North and our co-producers Welsh National Opera. We are especially pleased during this trip to the capital to be heading to the London Coliseum, a magnificent venue which is the home of our good friends at ENO, and revisiting our roots as – originally – English National Opera North.”
A co-production with Welsh National Opera, the production features sets and costumes designed by Colin Richmond, choreography by Will Tuckett and lighting design by Ben Cracknell.
First staged on Broadway in 1948, Porter’s Golden Age musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew contains a number of hit songs including ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Another Op’nin’ Another Show’ and ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’.