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Don’t miss our re­view on Kiss Me Kate – a mu­si­cal based on The Tam­ing of the Shrew by the Bard with songs by Cole Porter.

What do you get when you cross one of the finest English play­wrights who­ever lived with one of the most out­stand­ing Amer­i­can song­writ­ers of the 20th cen­tury?, writes Sue Wilkin­son.

The an­swer is Kiss Me Kate – a mu­si­cal based on The Tam­ing of the Shrew by the Bard with songs by Cole Porter.

War­ring di­vorcees Lilli Vanessi and Fred Gra­ham are billed to star in a mu­si­cal ver­sion of Shrew called Kiss Me Kate open­ing in Bal­ti­more.

It is not long be­fore their back­stage bick­er­ing es­ca­lates into a full-scale war which spills on to the stage.

There is a ro­mance be­tween the not-so-stead­fast Lois Lane and her gam­bler boyfriend Bill Cal­houn who falls foul of gang­sters on his trail to re­coup a $10,000 dol­lar debt.

It is based on The Tam­ing of the Shrew – about a man who puts a woman in her sub­or­di­nate place.

To use the com­mon par­lance ‘some view­ers may find the an­ti­quated sex­ist con­tent of­fen­sive’. Like the King and I, Kiss Me Kate is in dan­ger of fall­ing foul of a snowflake gen­er­a­tion which wants to re­write or erase ev­ery­thing from Ki­pling to Only Fools and Horses.

Rage against it all you like – it does not make the script any less ironic, funny or the songs – in­clud­ing Too Darn Hot, Wun­der­bar, Al­ways True to You, I Hate Men, An­other Op’nin, An­other Show and So In Love, smart, slick and sub­lime.

The pro­duc­tion by UK Foun­da­tion for Dance and Sand­side Play­ers was qual­ity with some of the most out­stand­ing per­for­mances on the Scar­bor­ough stage this year.

Lead­ing lady Re­becca Kelly-Evans plays Lilli Vanessi/ Kate – her pent up wrath ex­plod­ing into ver­bal and phys­i­cal fisticuffs with per­fect tim­ing.

Her singing is out­stand­ing in show­case num­bers So In Love and From this Mo­ment On.

Ge­orgie Sa­muels as Lois is the per­fect con­trast: a sassy, dizzy floosie who wrung ev­ery drop of sassi­ness out of Al­ways True to You In My Fash­ion and Tom Dick or Harry.

Da­mon Hotchin as the em­bod­i­ment of Lilli’s ex-hus­band and lead­ing man Fred Gra­ham – frus­trated, an­gry and bam­boo­zled by women.

Liam Galashan was the rake Bill Cal­houn who rev­elled in his silo Bianca.

But steal­ing the scenes and the show were Tim Tubbs and Jonathan Jeeves as the gang­sters who find them­selves cen­tre-stage in a pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare when they don’t know their Percy Shel­ley from Shel­ley Win­ters.

Their duet Brush Up Your Shake­speare has all the au­di­ence kow-tow­ing. This pro­duc­tion re­stores Porter’s know­ing naughty lyrics and was a deca­dent de­light.

Tubbs di­rects with love and at­ten­tion and Bill Scott’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tion was ex­cel­lent. The danc­ing, chore­ographed by Ka­t­rina Flynn, was in per­fect keep­ing with the style of the mu­si­cal. Cast: Re­becca Kelly-Evans. Da­mon Hotchin, Ge­orgie Sa­muels, Liam Galashan, Kathryn Ir­win, Char­lie Si­mon-Shaw, Nathan Mundey, An­drew Clay, Robin New­man, Tim Tubbs, Jonathan Jeeves, David Ir­win, Roger Crowther, Tina Carne. Amanda Bond, Anita Hill, Lizzie Jeeves, Les­ley Machen, Anne Mort­lock, Kath Mundey, Pauline New­man, Louise Stan­way, Sylvia Terry, Katie Coole, Claire Ed­wards, So­phie Flynn, Kaya Hutchin­son, Pippa Mundey, Han­nah Whe­lan.

Cre­atives: Richard Scott, Jac­que­line Greaves, Liam Downey, Ka­t­rina Flynn, Mark Watling and Jake Newlove.

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