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Friction and animosity between Lilli and Fred grow and conflict follows them on and off-stage, threatening the production’s success. The only thing keeping the show together is the threat from an unlikely pair of gangsters, who have come to collect a gambling debt from Bill Calhoun, the show's Lucentio. In true musical comedy fashion, chaos and slapstick madness ensues before everything is resolved!
This classic Cole Porter musical, with its exquisitely varied score ranging from Latin pastiche to steamy jazz, features popular songs such as Too Darn Hot, Tom Dick or Harry, So In Love, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.
Kiss Me, Kate is performed by BLOC Productions whose previous productions have included White Christmas, Sister Act, Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof and My Fair Lady. The 2019 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang won both NODA’s regional award for Best Musical and The Rose Bowl’s Bristol Evening Post Award for Best Musical. All our productions feature spectacular staging, a large ensemble and a live professional orchestra.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Sam and Bella Spewack.
The Bristol Hippodrome, the city’s very own West End theatre, opened its doors on 16 December 1912 when the curtain rose for the first time on what was generally agreed to be Oswald Stoll’s most magnificent provincial theatre.
It is a superb example of the grand architecture of the late Victorian era and is one of the masterpieces of design by Frank Matcham, the most eminent theatre architect of his time.
Towards the beginning of the century, the theatre staged a variety of acts as a Music Hall. Since then, and due to the fact that it has one of the largest theatre stages in Britain, The Bristol Hippodrome has established itself on the touring circuit for all major musical productions, thus becoming known as Bristol’s West End Theatre.