|Kiss Me, Kate|
ARCHIVE - PAST EVENT
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella & Samuel Spewak
This is a top-notch staging of a witty classic with a superb all-singing-and-dancing company.
With numbers like Wunderbar and From This Moment On to wrap their voices around, the new Pitlochry company have plenty of opportunities to show off their talent as both singers and musiciansâ€¦ John Durninâ€™s 17-strong company deliver it with plenty of professionalism and energy.
Baltimore, 1948: after a string of flops, actor-manager Fred Graham desperately needs his new musical adaptation of The Taming Of The Shrew to be a hit. But while Fredâ€™s opinion of his own talents is sky-high, he knows only one thing can guarantee success: a great, big star. Unfortunately, the only star Fred knows is Lilli Vanessi, legendary diva, Hollywood icon . . . and his ex-wife. As rehearsals progress, Lilli playing Kate opposite Fredâ€™s Petruchio, each begins to remember, with a passion bordering on the homicidal, just why they got divorced in the first place . . .
Itâ€™s an exuberant displayâ€¦ confidently sung and slickly stagedâ€¦ the actors not only prove themselves fine singers, but also spirited musicians.
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"â€¦ John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.