15 March 2024

A new trailer has just been released for Trafalgar’s brand-new production of Kiss Me, Kate starring the multi-award-winning Adrian Dunbar (Ridley, Line of Duty) making his musical theatre debut as Fred Graham / Petruchio and Broadway musical superstar and Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block (Into The Woods, The Cher Show, 9 To 5) making her West End debut as Lilli Vanessi / Katharine.

Kiss Me, Kate premieres at London’s Barbican Theatre on 4 June 2024.


Additional cast has also been announced for Kiss Me, Kate. Joining Adrian and Stephanie are two What’s On Stage Award-winners – Nigel Lindsay (An Enemy of the People) and Hammed Animashaun (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). The duo will play the famous gangster pairing in the show.

Nigel said: “Kiss Me, Kate is one of my favourite musicals. Bart Sher is a world class director and the cast he has assembled will rock the house. I am excited to be joining the team.”

Hammed added: “I’m very, very excited to be a part of this production and company! And I can’t wait to get stuck in and brush up everyone’s Shakespeare!”

Nigel Lindsay and Hammed Animashaun

They will be joined by Olivier nominee Charlie Stemp and rising star Georgina Onuorah.

Charlie, who has previously appeared in Crazy For You and Mary Poppins, will bring his tap-dancing skills to the role of the impulsive gambler Bill Calhoun/Lucentio. Georgina (The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!) will play Lois Lane/Bianca.

Charlie said: “Kiss Me, Kate has always been a favourite show of mine, so to get the chance to return to the West End so soon in this title and specifically opposite Adrian Dunbar, Stephanie J. Block and Georgina Onuorah is a dream come true.”

Georgina added: “I am thrilled to be involved in this reimagined Kiss Me, Kate – with a Lois/Bianca that looks like me! Bart Sher is a remarkable director and I am so excited to get working on this beloved musical with this wonderful team.”

Charlie Stemp and Georgina Onuorah

From the producer of the smash hit musical Anything Goes and A Strange Loop (both staged at the Barbican), comes this majestic new production of Cole Porter’s musical masterpiece.

This musical farce which brilliantly showcases Cole Porter’s razor-sharp wit, has won Best Musical at the Tony Awards. It’s a sophisticated, ferociously funny, show within a show – which whisks you into a world of backstage chaos and romantic entanglements as a theatre company attempt to put on a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.

The battle of the sexes takes centre stage as former spouses feud, only to find the off-stage antics rival the drama on-stage. Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, confused love, gangsters and a spectacular tap routine and you get Kiss Me, Kate – which will bring unabashed joy to audiences this year.