News: Full casting announced for Kiss Me Kate at the Watermill Theatre

The Watermill Theatre today announced the full ensemble cast of actor/musicians for Paul Hart’s production of Kiss Me, Kate.

Olivier award-winner Rebecca Trehearn (Lilli) and David Ricardo-Pearce (Fred) will be joined by a versatile cast of actor/musicians featuring Jack Benjamin (Ralph), Dan De Cruz (Doorman/Suitor), Kimmy Edwards (Lois), Andre Fabian Francis (Paul), Sheldon Greenland (Gangster 1) Robert Jackson (Gangster 2), Jay Perry (Bill), Tom Sowinski (Harrison Howell), Thomas Sutcliffe (Harry Trevor), and Chioma Uma (Hattie) in this dazzling new production of the multi award-winning Broadway hit.

Kiss Me Kate will be choreographed by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and 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?

Kiss Me, Kate will be choreographed by Oti Mabuse and follows the success of Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Southwark Playhouse which marked her debut as a theatre choreographer. Oti is best known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015 and one of the most popular performers on the show. She secured a place in the final in 2016 with her partner Danny Mac. She is also an 8-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. She has appeared on many TV shows including BBC’s The Greatest Dancer, C4’s The Last Leg, Celeb Tipping Point, Pointless, Partners In Rhyme, Impossible, Blockbusters, Catchphrase, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Britain’s Got More Talent.

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.

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