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kiss me, kate at the bbc proms

Kiss Me, Kate at the Proms


John Wilson and his orchestra are joined by a spectacular ensemble of singers and dancers from Broadway and the West End for a unique performance of the classic musical Kiss Me, Kate.

Hits including Another Op’nin, Another Show, Wunderbar and Too Darn Hot combine to create a dazzling evening of music, dance and theatre to mark 50 years since the death of its celebrated composer and lyricist Cole Porter.

This hilarious take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is performed in its glorious 1948 original orchestration, a highlight of the 2014 BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall. Starring Ben Davis, Alexandra Silber, Tony Yazbeck and Louise Dearman.

Although a concert version of the great Cole Porter musical this production has got most elements of a show, making this a concert version which really works well. Porter’s tunes are wonderful, and in his lyrics the man never made a bad rhyme.

Musical Numbers:

  • Another Op’nin’, Another Show  Performer: Louise Marshall, Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • Why can’t you behave?  Performer: Louise Dearman, Tony Yazbeck
  • Wunderbar  Performer: Alexandra Silber, Ben Davis
  • So in love am I  Performer: Alexandra Silber
  • We open in Venice  Performer: Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • Tom, Dick or Harry  Performer: Louise Dearman, Tony Yazbeck, Michael Pickering, Gary Watson
  • I’ve come to wive it wealthily in Padua  Performer: Ben Davis, Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • I hate men  Performer: Alexandra Silber
  • Were thine that special face  Performer: Ben Davis
  • I sing of love  Performer: Louise Dearman, Tony Yazbeck, Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • Kiss Me, Kate  Performer: Alexandra Silber, Ben Davis, Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • Too darn hot  Performer: Jason Pennycooke, Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • Where is the life that late I led  Performer: Ben Davis
  • Always true to you (in my fashion)  Performer: Louise Dearman
  • Bianca  Performer: Tony Yazbeck, Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
  • So in love am I  Performer: Ben Davis
  • Brush up your Shakespeare  Performer: James Doherty, Michael Jibson.
  • Women are so simple  Performer: Alexandra Silber
  • So Kiss Me, Kate  Performer: Full Company


Role Contributor
Fred Graham | Petruchio Ben Davis
Lilli Vanessi | Katharine Alexandra Silber
Bill Calhoun | Lucentio Tony Yazbeck
Lois Lane | Bianca Louise Dearman
First Man (Gunman) James Doherty
Second Man (Gunman) Michael Jibson
Harry Trevor | Baptista Ian Talbot
Hattie Louise Marshall
Paul Jason Pennycooke
Harrison Howell Alex Bourne
Ralph (The Stage Manager) Christopher Howell
Gremio Michael Pickering
Hortensio Gary Watson
Performer Kiss Me Kate Ensemble
Conductor John Wilson
Orchestra John Wilson Orchestra
Stage Director Shaun Kerrison
Choreographer Alistair David
Producer Helen Mansfield
Director Bridget Caldwell


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