Kiss Me, Kate

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Booking from 4 June 2024 until 14 September 2024

Brush up your Shakespeare with Kiss Me Kate musical tickets

Get ready for backstage drama and romantic entanglements as Cole Porter’s musical comedy Kiss Me Kate returns to London! Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar and Broadway star Stephanie J Block star as actors who clash on and off-stage in Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher’s stunning production. This “ultimate Broadway musical from the Golden Age” (Financial Times) is at the Barbican Theatre for a strictly limited summer season, so book your tickets now. 

Set on stage and behind the scenes during a musical production of The Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me Kate follows the cast’s valiant efforts to put on an unforgettable show despite the backstage drama! Director and star Fred Graham and leading lady Lilli Vanessi clash – and she’s not just the star of his show, she’s his ex-wife too! Throw in new lovers, gangsters, gambling, a battle of the sexes, and hit songs including “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, “Tom, Dick or Harry” and “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”, and you have all the ingredients for a dynamite show!

Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block star as sparring ex-lovers Fred Graham/Petruchio and Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in the Kiss Me Kate musical. Dunbar, best known for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty, makes his musical theatre debut in this Golden Age classic. Tony Award winner Block also makes her West End debut, having starred in Wicked, The Cher Show and 9 to 5 The Musical on Broadway. 

Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate musical is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, who most recently brought his hugely acclaimed revival of My Fair Lady to the London Coliseum and the staggering To Kill a Mockingbird to the Gielgud Theatre. It features a cast of over 50, a live orchestra and stunning sets which bring the showbiz glam to the Barbican stage with aplomb.

Golden Age classic meets backstage farce meets Shakespearean comedy in the Kiss Me Kate musical! This is the perfect summer entertainment for anyone who loves a musical with every bell and whistle added, so book early and get ready for an unforgettable good time. 

Child friendly?

The Kiss Me Kate musical age recommendation is 10+.