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Kiss Me, Kate

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What's Kiss Me, Kate about?

Kiss Me, Kate, a classic American musical, is finally returning to the London stage!

Baltimore, 1940. A theatre troupe is rehearsing a musical adaption of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. But the comedy turns to tragedy when the two leads - Fred Graham and his ex-wife, famous film star Lilli Vanessi - fall out.

The quarrel will continue on stage and cause chaos during the show's first performance. The actors' lives will intertwine with the story of the Shrew.

The story of Kiss Me, Kate, a true mise en abîme, is based on the real life couple of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, two Broadway actors whose backstage arguments were legendary!

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Why should you see Kiss Me, Kate?

The musical Kiss Me, Kate was created in Philadelphia in 1948. The book is by Bella and Samuel Spewack. The music and lyrics are by the melodic genius Cole Porter. The show's very first Broadway production was performed more than 1000 times and won the first Tony Award in this category in 1949.

Since then, this funny and rhythmic musical has had two revivals in New York and one in London. It has won a total of ten Tony Awards (including the Tony for best book and best score) and two Olivier Awards. Kiss Me, Kate also had a film adaptation in 1953.

This musical from the golden age of Broadway is the perfect example of a "backstage musical". The show songs which include Too Darn Hot, So In Love and Brush Up Your Shakespeare have become a benchmark in musical theatre.

For this London revival, the title role of Lilli Vanessi will be played by Stephanie J. Block, a Broadway legend who has starred in The Boy from Oz, Wicked, 9 to 5, Anything Goes, Falsettos and Into the Wood. She won the Tony Award for best actress in 2019 for her performance in The Cher Show. This will be her first time performing on a London stage.

Book your tickets for this musical known for its intelligent script, catchy tunes and breathtaking dance numbers!

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Frequently asked questions

Tickets for Kiss Me, Kate start at £31 per seat, depending on the performance date and seats chosen.

Kiss Me, Kate is playing at Barbican. The address is: Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS London.

Kiss Me, Kate is around 2:40 long, including the intermission.

Based on the information we have at the moment, Kiss Me, Kate will run until 14/09/2024. There's always a possibility that the production will extend their run.

Lots of musicals are family shows designed to appeal to children! However, please be aware that the venue have set a minimum age of 11 to see Kiss Me, Kate.

To get cheap tickets for Kiss Me, Kate in London, you can visit the TKTS London last-minute box office for on the day tickets. However, as Kiss Me, Kate is one of the most popular shows, it's very likely that TKTS may not have any seats available for this show.

If you want to see a specific show or if you have limited flexiblity in terms of dates, or want to secure a good seat, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of time. By booking in advance, you'll end up with much better seats and see your favourite shows on a date that suits you.

Depending on the venue, you'll be offered several ways to get your tickets during payment:

  • Collect my tickets at the venue. Please come to the box office counters at the venue 30 minutes before the performance begins with the booking confirmation email. You'll be asked to show ID or the bank card of the person who booked the tickets.
  • Send me my tickets by email. Go directly to the entrance 20 minutes before the start of the performance with your PDF tickets (printed or displayed on mobile).

Every venue has been renovated recently with evey seat giving you a good view of the stage. However, the further you are from the stage, the further you are from the magic. The seats marked by a half-coloured circle indicate less good visibility (these seats are often at the back and so you can't see the whole set). We recommend avoiding them when selecting your seats.

We accept most bank cards via our secure payment system (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Ticket prices are set by venues and productions. Even though the majority of musicals are suitable for children, there is no preferential child ticket.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless in the event of force majeure (the performance is cancelled or interrupted). If this is the case, the venue or event organiser will contact you to begin the refund process.

An advertised actor can be replaced by another actor without any prior warning. Unfortunately, this is not a valid reason for requesting a refund.

Taking photos and videos is generally prohibited in venues.

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