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Kiss Me Kate at the Queen’s Theatre

14th February 2016
Posted by Ros Connors

Gun-toting gangsters and stormy lovers collide in Cole Porter’s mischievous musical comedy Kiss Me Kate – performed at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 18 – 27 February.

The Queen’s stage will be filled with a large cast of 24 enormously talented vibrant young performers in an all-singing, all-dancing, energy-packed extravaganza.

This dazzling Kiss Me Kate production is choc-a-bloc with 20 of the catchiest show-stoppers in musical theatre. Favourites include Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, So In Love, Wunderbar, Always True to You In My Fashion and many other classic Cole Porter numbers.

This ever popular take on Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, involves a backstage battle between former lovers Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi. But it all spills onto stage and just when things couldn’t get worse, they do, with the arrival of a pair of gangsters.

With spectacular choreography, wonderful period costumes and superb set, lighting and sound design, this family favourite is presented by Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, one of the UK’s top musical theatre drama schools. Alumni includes Amanda Holden, Brendan Coyle, Connie Fisher and Douglas Henshall.

Kiss Me Kate has music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. This production is directed by Darren Lawrence, with choreography by Alistair David and musical direction by Stuart Pedlar.

Darren has directed at The Queen’s for over 10 years, is a trained actor and was most recently seen in Russell T. Davies’ critically acclaimed Cucumber for Channel 4. Award-winning Alistair David has worked with the best in the UK stage and entertainment industry, from the West End to Robbie Williams.

For a little more about this sparkling production, listen to Yvonne talking to Georgina James who plays Lilli Vanessi, the female lead.

So don’t miss Kiss Me Kate at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from 18 – 27 February. Tickets are £9.50 – £20. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at

The Queen’s Theatre — just a short ride up the A127 and you’ll find this treasure-house of a theatre: warm, welcoming and remarkably comfortable with excellent visibility.