Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 February 2019

London Oratory School Theatre
Seagrave Road
London
SW6 1RX

2019 NODA AWARD WINNER - BEST MUSICAL 

Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and with an updated Cole Porter score, the Broadway revival version of Kiss Me, Kate won Tony awards galore back in 1999. Cygnets first performed the show in 2004 at Putney Arts Theatre; 15 years later seems the perfect time to tackle it again, but this time in the more ambitious space of the London Oratory School. With a limited run by the English National Opera taking place this summer and a second Broadway revival planned to coincide with our production in February 2019, there was never a better time for Cygnets to take on our own revival of this classic – it’s just ‘Too Darn Hot’!

Read the NODA Review

Read the Musical Theatre Musings Review

Creative Team:

Director - Phoebe Fleetham
Musical Director - James Hall
Choreographer - Vicki Rice
Producer - Sarah Prescott

Cast:

Fred Graham / Petruchio - Keith Walters
Lilli Vanessi / Kate - Rosie Orchard
Lois Lane / Bianca - Joanne Frazer
Bill Calhoun / Lucentio - Paul Nicholas Dyke
General Howell - Jason Thomas
1st Man - Will Prescott
2nd Man - Russell Hughes
Paul -  Kob Yeboah
Hattie - Deborah Lowe
Hortensio - Kathryn Sinclair
Gremio - Abbie Minnock 
Harry Trevor / Baptista - Vaughan Evans
Ruth, Stage Manager - Georgina Macfarlane
Ma - Gina Brill

Ensemble

Alex Johnson, Caroline Steer, Gina Brill, Harriet Ruby, Katie Scott, Maggie Murray, Nicola Wendel, Phoebe Oakey

Featured Dancers

Ali Coates-Newman, Amy Matthewson, Flo Nash, Kim Schenkelaars, Laura Smith, Mo Rogers, Rosie Miles, Sinead Burniston

 

Photography: Steve Gregson

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Show Reviews

"Attention to detail was obvious which is only achieved through commitment and dedication.  The entire show ran smoothly with no delays or interruptions to spoil the performance."

"Overall, the pace was fast, the dance routines varied and those performing genuinely looked like they were having fun!"

"Joe McWilliam took on the role of Shrek. This was a huge challenge and Joe certainly delivered in style and gave the audience what was expected.  Joe also has a terrific singing voice which he demonstrated throughout his performance."

"Gemma Louise Zirfas gave a lovely performance as the idealistic and feisty Princess Fiona."

"Adam Walker-Galbraith brought the loveable Donkey to life whilst mixing plenty of nervous energy with moments of tenderness and feeling. Another excellent example of character acting with strong vocals to match."   

Des Wilby
NODA Review  

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of All Shook Up, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the end product was both precise and polished. The entire show ran smoothly and the full house witnessed a superb show."

"Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) and Aoife Considine (Assistant Choreographer) combined to ensure a huge amount of pace and energy in all dance routines."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character. Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed. Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous all-round performance."

"Alex Blackie demonstrated his fine character acting as ‘nerdish’ Dennis. Alex’s general awkwardness, diction and facial expressions were great and his singing skills came to the fore in the wonderful solo 'It Hurts Me'."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Threatening to steal the show with her vocals was Harriet Ruby as Sylvia. Ruby had a brilliantly strong belt who knew how to use it and also knew when the song needed a more tender treatment."

"In all of the big ensemble numbers the harmonies were spot on and sounded really full. I can tell that M.D Michael Searle would have worked really hard with the cast to get that sound."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific."

"Kim Schenkelaars deserves huge credit as Choreographer and for including so much energy and variety into the dance routines.... the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal."

"Glen Jordan portrayed Moritz ... with just the right amount of teenage angst Glen’s emotional acting of his songs showed a total understanding of what he was portraying."

"Josh Yard and Laura Harrison both did exceptionally well in playing every adult part and for delivering some chilling moments together with humour and even sensitivity. Their scenes as grieving parents were extremely well handled and all their various characters carefully reflected general attitudes of the time period."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I was impressed at the strength of the cast across the board. Matthew Wright played Melchior opposite Veronique Piercy’s Wendla. Wright’s self assurance contrasted nicely against Piercy’s youthful innocence. Piercy opened the show with ‘Mama Who Bore Me,’ and her assured clear tone set the bar high for the rest of the night."

"The music was also beautifully delivered with Harriet Oughton at the helm. They mastered the score from the rocky aggressive numbers which really packed a punch to the beautifully balanced and harmony rich numbers"

"It is shows like that that help blur the line between amateur and professional theatre."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

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