Bill Johnson and Patricia Morison in Kiss Me, Kate

Bill Johnson and Patricia Morison in Kiss Me, Kate

The plot of Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, revolves around a theatre company putting on a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The offstage relationship troubles of the four leading players start to interfere with the action of the show they are 'performing'. Here, Frederick Graham in his role as Petruchio has lost his temper with his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi, who is playing his wife-to-be, Kate the shrew. He decides, to Lilli's absolute fury, to go off script to dish out some punishment, causing complete confusion to the audience and the rest of the cast. The two fantastic comic/ romantic leads, Fred Petruchio and Lilli Kate have some of Porter's best songs including, 'I Hate Men', 'So in Love', 'Were Thine that Special Face', and 'Where is the Life that Late I Led'.