Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

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  • Mon 5 Jun to Sat 17 Jun
  • 150 minutes
  • Director: David Kirk
  • Writer: Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Sam and Bella Spewack


The dazzling classic Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate is brought to the Playhouse by the creative team that brought you High Society and Betty Blue Eyes. This exuberant show-within-a-show throws together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements against a backdrop of a touring musical production of The Taming of the Shrew.

With songs by Cole Porter, the story is shot through with wit, charm, and some spectacular choreography. Though the effervescent wit of Porter’s songs is the star attraction, Sam and Bella Spewack’s book crackles with comic energy and great one-liners, while there are moments of tenderness and hurt amid the dizzy joie-de-vivre.

Nights at the theatre don’t often come more enjoyable than this!

Amateur production by arrangement with Musicscope and Stage Musicas Ltd of New York. Directed by David Kirk Musical Director, Cathy Sweet Choreographer, Ted Oxley-Kirk

Also at The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall 24-28 July 2017

Tuesday the 6th of June will be a Dementia Friendly performance. Please contact the box office to book for this performance.

Ilkley Playhouse is working with local groups and individuals to make the performance on the 6th of June Dementia Friendly. This includes having clear visual markers and signage in the building and additional volunteers trained to welcome people living with dementia and their supporters.

Where necessary any technical aspects of the show will be adapted, flexible seating options will be available and there will be an open attitude to movement and audience response within the auditorium.

Please email the office at or call 01943 609539 if you would like to book for the Dementia Friendly performance on the 6th of June.