The Watermill Theatre has announced the principal casting for Artistic Director Paul Hart’s upcoming production of Kiss Me, Kate alongside the full creative team.
Olivier award-winner Rebecca Trehearn will play Lilli with David Ricardo-Pearce cast opposite her as Fred in this dazzling new production of the multi award-winning Broadway hit, which will open as the venue’s summer musical this July. Full casting will be announced shortly and will feature an ensemble of actor/musicians.
The production will be choreographed by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse who said ‘‘I am so excited to be Choreographing the Classic musical “Kiss Me Kate” and working at The Watermill – – it is such a great venue and a privilege to work with this team. It is also another first for me to work with a cast of Actors-Muso’s – Another Op’nin Another Show!’
Kiss Me Kate is designed by Frankie Bradshaw with Musical Supervision and Orchestration by Tom Attwood. Lighting is designed by Rory Beaton with sound designed by Tom Marshall. James Bennett is Associate Choreographer.
Onstage romance collides with backstage drama in this musical comedy about the highs and lows of working in theatre.
When ego-centric actor-manager Fred Graham and his fiery ex-wife Lilli Vanessi find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks begin to fly. Meanwhile in another corner of Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore, Fred’s current flame and rising star Lois Lane attempts to tame her gambler boyfriend only to be thwarted by the arrival of a couple of gangsters who somehow find themselves centre stage!
Despite chaos reigning on and offstage, the show must go on! Will the cast make it to curtain up or will they literally bring the house down?
Showbiz shenanigans together with Cole Porter’s jazz-inflected score form a sparkling tribute to theatre in all its greasepaint and glory in this must-see show on the summer calendar. Kiss Me, Kate’s iconic music and razor-sharp wit are catapulted into the limelight in The Watermill’s intimate space by a cast of actor-musicians performing showstopping numbers including Too Darn Hot, Another Op’nin’ Another Show, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and So in Love.
Kiss Me Kate runs at the Watermill Theatre from hursday 25 July to Saturday 21 September 2019.