Cole Porter’s Musical Kiss Me Kate in Fringe Theatre

photography Darren Bell

photography Darren Bell

Do you call theatres above a pub Fringe theatre? Anyway, there are lots of them around and sometimes the standard is surprising good. A bonus is that prices are much less than West End theatre. Just before Christmas, I went to see the musical Kiss Me Kate upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate.
Lovers of Cole Porter will recognise many of the songs – Too Darn Hot; Always True to You in My Fashion – even if they don’t know the show. Set in the 1940’s, the story is a take-off of William Shakespeare’s Taming The Shrew. Two stories run simultaneously. Sabrina Carter, the lead, plays Lilli Vanessi (Kate), and has a gorgeous voice with a terrific range. Gavin Keenan takes the role of Fred Graham, Lilli’s ex husband, and director and producer of the show, who plays the rather camp Petrochio. While his acting ability isn’t in any doubt, sadly Keenan’s voice isn’t a match for Carters.
The stage area is small which must make it extremely difficult for the cast who tapped, sang, and acted in a space that should have been three times as big.
A great night out for lovers of Cole Porter’s music, and forties musicals. Kiss Me Kate runs until 26 January 2014 with the matinee on a Sunday.
Box office – 020 8340 3488 Expect to pay between £12 to £16.00.


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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