Kiss Me Kate, Lyric Theatre, Cast Announcement
By Conor O’Neill
Welcome to the roaring 20s. The 2020s, that is. After a highly successful Christmas still fresh in the memories of Lyric aficionados, the theatre, in cooperation with the Northern Ireland Opera Company has recently announced the cast for its upcoming staging of Kiss Me Kate.
Set at the height of the jazz era, a brief synopsis of Cole Porter’s Tony Award winning classic runs something like this: Leading man, director and producer, Fred Graham, is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, for a run of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew. Former husband and wife have a turbulent love/hate relationship. Supporting actor, Lois Lane is forever trying to save her lover, Bob, from the mob due to his relentless gambling addiction. Add on cases of mistaken identity, big song and dance numbers, the eternal battle of the sexes and tunes to die for, including Too Darn Hot, Another Op’inin’, Another Show and Wunderbar guarantees the audience is sure to have a wunderbar night.
The cast includes Northern Irish actor, Jayne Wieseener, who last played the Lyric in 2018’s production of Threepenny Opera, in Kiss Me Kate she’ll be playing Loise Lane; Scottish actor, Norman Bowman will play egomaniac Fred Graham and Australian, Melle Stewart takes the part of Lilli Vanessi.
Northern Ireland Opera’s creative director, and also the director of this production said: “As the song goes, Kiss me, Kate really is too darn hot, the music warm and alluring, seductive, then by turns light, witty and irresistibly catchy.
“The story is a play on many of the worst tendencies and idiocies conjured up by love, romance, and life in the theatre. We can’t wait to let the Golden Age of Broadway shine on you this February.”
If those words don’t tempt you out of January’s blues, here’s another blinding bit of news to forgo the empty wallets and purses, maxed credit cards and still to be paid I-O-Us… tickets start at an indecently paltry price of 12 quid!
Kiss Me Kate runs from February 1st to February 22nd. For tickets, times and all you need to know simply visit http://www.lyrictheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 02890 381081