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Kiss Me Kate – London Coliseum

Music and lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Stephen Bates Is it possible that what can no longer be spoken can still be sung? The Taming of the Shrew, once one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, is now rarely seen in our theatres, seemingly swept away on a tide of political correctness. On the ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Bella and Samuel Spewack  Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter     Directors: Jo Davies/Ed Goggin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s Kiss Me Kate returns to the Leeds Grand Theatre after its successful revival back in 2015.  This acclaimed production, in collaboration with Welsh National Opera, makes a short stop in Leeds before transferring to the London Coliseum.  Kiss Me Kate premiered ...

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Kiss Me Kate- Hippodrome, Bristol

Writers: Bella and Samuel Spewick Composer &Lyricist: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Kris Hallett Kiss Me Kate, the third and final show of Welsh National Opera's Shakespeare 400 season, is like an effervescent sugar hit. Anyone with a soul will find a massive grin etched permanently to their face for the entirety of its three- hour running time. Cole ...

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Top Hat – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Adaptors: Matthew White &Howard Jacques Choreographer: Bill Deamer Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Marina Spark The 1935 movieTop Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is an iconic Hollywood classic. The musical, which was adapted for the stage five years ago, has received accolade after accolade. The 2014/15 tour is no different. As soon as the overture ...

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Top Hat – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Matthew White &Howard Jacques Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Craig Hepworth It’s very surprising that it took this long to put the classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Top Hat on to the stage, after all this was probably their most successful movie partnership and features a classic score and some outstanding choreography, it seems tailor ...

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Top Hat – New Theatre, Oxford

Adapters: Matthew White and Howard Jacques Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Top Hat is like a luxurious warm hug on a cold January night; you’re bound to leave the theatre feeling bright, breezy, and in high spirits after more than two hours of being immersed in this jovial musical comedy. The original film of ...

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Top Hat – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott Music: Irving Berlin Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Sue Collier One rarely gives a show top marks as five stars should only be given to the most superb of productions. It is therefore a great pleasure to experience an evening of such quality entertainment as presented throughout the entire performance of Top ...

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Top Hat – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

  Adaptation: Matthew White &Howard Jacques Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Adapted from the 1935 RKO musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, writer Howard Jaques and director Matthew White transport us back to the golden age of Hollywood and a glamorous, if more simple time: an era when plot lines were lighter than ...

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