Review: 4**** Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate – @LondonColiseum @Opera_North @kissmekatetour

Arrogant theatre director, Fred Graham, is starring in a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, opposite his irritable film star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. The show is already in danger of coming apart at the seams thanks to the bickering couple, but when young actress Lois Lane discovers that her boyfriend Bill Calhoun has signed an IOU in Fred’s name, and a couple of mobsters have come to collect his $10,000 debt, the backstage proceedings become a lot more complicated. 2 (3).jpeg

Kiss Me, Kate, with book by Bella and Samuel Spewack and music by Cole Porter, is a brilliantly conceived piece of musical theatre, in which the story of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is reflected within the offstage antics of the characters. Full of witty comedic moments and toe-tapping musical numbers played by the lavish Opera North Orchestra, there’s certainly a lot to enjoy about this production, despite its somewhat overindulgent runtime.

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Review: 3*** LA BOHÈME – Kings Head Theatre @kingsheadthtr

#Tweetingit: 3* A fun update for a 21st century audience with an amazing set – Puccini and the East End are a great match!

Even for those of us who have never attended the opera the name Puccini will ring familiar, but I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when reading the synopsis. An 8fbe37_cd86da32ae1a41f782da142f6195fa09-mv2_d_4032_2808_s_4_2updated version of a revered opera set in modern day East London, sounded like a simultaneously great and terrible idea.

In the end it proved to be a very good idea, highlighting how universal and timeless key themes and tropes are; poverty, struggling artists, friendship, and romances that have more downs than ups.

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