FIRST LOOK: Kiss Me Kate at Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Take a look at the Watermill Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate starring Rebecca Trehearn and David Ricardo-Pearce.

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Rebecca Trehearn and David Ricardo-Pearce and members of the cast. Photo: Pamela Raith

The Watermill Theatre today announced the full ensemble cast of actor/ musicians for Paul Hart’s production of Kiss Me, Kate.

Olivier award-winner Rebecca Trehearn (Lilli) and David Ricardo-Pearce (Fred) will be joined by a versatile cast of actor/musicians featuring Jack Benjamin (Ralph), Dan De Cruz (Doorman/ Suitor), Kimmy Edwards (Lois), Andre Fabien Francis (Paul), Sheldon Greenland (Gangster 1) Robert Jackson (Gangster 2), Jay Perry (Bill), Tom Sowinski (Harrison Howell), Thomas Sutcliffe (Harry Trevor), and Chioma Uma (Hattie) in this dazzling new production of the multi award-winning Broadway hit.

Kiss Me Kate will be choreographed by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse and designed by Frankie Bradshaw with Musical Supervision and Orchestration by Tom Attwood. Lighting is designed by Rory Beaton with sound designed by Tom Marshall. James Bennett is Associate Choreographer.

Kiss Me Kate Rebecca Trehearn
Rebecca Trehearn. Photo: Pamela Raith

Onstage romance collides with backstage drama in this musical comedy about the highs and lows of working in theatre.

When ego-centric actor-manager Fred Graham and his fiery ex-wife Lilli Vanessi find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks begin to fly. Meanwhile in another corner of Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore, Fred’s current flame and rising star Lois Lane attempts to tame her gambler boyfriend only to  be thwarted by the arrival of a couple of gangsters who somehow find themselves centre stage!

Despite chaos reigning on and offstage, the show must go on! Will the cast make it to curtain up or will they literally bring the house down?

Until 21 September 2019


Kimmy Edwards
Kimmy Edwards and the cast of Kiss Me Kate. Photo: Pamela Raith
Robert Jackson Sheldon Greenland
Robert Jackson and Sheldon Greenland. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Chioma Uma, Tom Sowinski, David Ricardo-Pearce, Jack Benjamin and Thomas Sutcliffe in Kiss Me Kate. Photo: Pamela Raith
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The cast of Kiss Me Kate. Photo: Pamela Raith
Kiss Me Kate
The cast of Kiss Me Kate. Photo: Pamela Raith
Cole Porter Kiss Me Kate
Thomas Sutcliffe, Robert Jackson, Jack Benjamin and Tom Sowinski. Photo: Pamela Raith
Kiss Me Kate Watermill Newbury
Dan de Cruz, Tom Sowinski, Jay Perry, Thomas Sutcliffe, Jack Benjamin and Andre Fabien-Francis. Photo: Pamela Raith


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