A new musical production is coming to London’s Old Vic this month.
Starting on November 20th, the famous theatre will be hosting new production of Kiss Me Kate. It will be the first musical the venue has shown for more than ten years and is a departure from the usual Old Vic’s offerings of drama.
The new show is directed by Trevor Nunn, who has already overseen a number of productions at the show including Inherit the Wind, Richard II and Hamlet, that all received strong critical acclaim.
Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia and Hannah Waddingham will play the key role in the show, that is based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Kiss Me Kate was written in 1948 and features music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It tells the story of Fred Graham and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi and has won a number of leading awards since its debut.
The Old Vic Theatre’s website describes the production: “This exuberant show-within-a-show throws together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements against a backdrop of a touring musical production.”
Critics have also been positive about the production; with both the Times and the Daily Mail giving it top ratings and the Guardian describing it as “a glorious musical in a pitch-perfect revival by Trevor Nunn”.
Musical fans staying at central London hotels could also be interested in a special performance of the show on December 10th that will include a question and answer sessions with members of the team.
The Old Vic theatre is a ten-minute walk from Waterloo London Underground and mainline rail stations.