THEATRE PREVIEW: Kiss Me Kate, at Sheffield Lyceum

By Dave Doyle | 04/12/2018

THEATRE PREVIEW: Kiss Me Kate, at Sheffield Lyceum
The cast of Kiss Me Kate in rehearsals.

STRAIGHT from the Golden Age of Broadway comes a classic comedy to make your heart soar.

Kiss Me Kate swings into Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre this weekend, with a run spanning Christmas up to January 12.

It’s opening night for feuding divorcees Fred and Lilli, stars of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

But as the curtain rises, gambling, gangsters and mistaken identity conspire to create chaos .

The 1948 musical — which became a 1953 movie — was inspired by battling husband-and-wife actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, during their 1935 production of Shrew.

Future Broadway producer Arnold Saint-Subber witnessed the fracas, later asking spouses and writing partners Samuel and Bella Spewack to pen a script.

Bella Spewack enlisted Cole Porter to write the music and lyrics, spawning classic Broadway numbers like So In Love and Too Darn Hot.

Visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk for more information and to buy tickets, which start at just £15.