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Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

Cole Porter's classic swings into Pitlochry.

Baltimore, 1948: after a string of flops, actor-manager Fred Graham desperately needs his new musical adaptation of The Taming Of The Shrew to be a hit. But while Fred’s opinion of his own talents is sky-high, he knows only one thing can guarantee success: a great, big star. Read more …

Unfortunately, the only star Fred knows is Lilli Vanessi, legendary diva, Hollywood icon . . . and his ex-wife. As rehearsals progress, Lilli playing Kate opposite Fred’s Petruchio, each begins to remember, with a passion bordering on the homicidal, just why they got divorced in the first place . . .

Meanwhile, Fred has fallen under the spell of nightclub singer Lois Lane, and has cast her, and her dancing partner, Bill, in the show. But chronic gambler Bill owes a fortune to some heavyweight mobsters. And to escape their clutches, Bill signs a $10,000 IOU - in Fred Graham`s name . . .

On opening night, Fred sends Lois a fabulous bouquet - which mistakenly gets delivered to Lilli. Her heart melting, Lilli`s old feelings for Fred come flooding back . . . until she discovers that Lois was the intended recipient . . . just as two goons turn up to collect Bill`s debt – from Fred . . .

The critical consensus

The new Pitlochry company have plenty of opportunities to show off their talent as both singers and as mucicians. The show, though, is now such a strange postwar period piece that it can hardly be expected to draw more than a baffled response from a 21st century audience.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

For Pitlochry it's another openin', another hit.

Peter Cargill, The Stage

The music, rather than the romance, carries the show.

***(*)(*)Mark Fisher, The Guardian

The warmth of the applause confirms a well deserved popular hit.

****(*)Robert Dawson Scott, STV

Where and when?

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry from Friday May 14, 2010, until Saturday October 16, 2010. Playing in repertoire. Check with the theatre for dates and times.. More info:

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