Kiss Me, Kate!

Stage on Screen is The Roxy’s ongoing series of the world’s greatest contemporary theatrical performances, from the Metropolitan Opera to London’s National Theatre to the Bolshoi Ballet and beyond, projected on the big screen.

Kiss Me, Kate! is one of the most sparkling musicals of the golden age of Broadway. With Cole Porter’s music and Sam and Bella Spewack’s hilarious book – a take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in a 1940s theatrical context – it was a hit from the outset.

 When Michael Blakemore recently staged the first Broadway revival in fifty years, with choreography by Kathleen Marshall, his glorious production enchanted both critics and audience. It swept the board at the Tony Awards! This high definition recording was made when the show transferred to London and again attracted rave reviews and packed houses. Rachel York and Brent Barrett are the stars of the show.

 “An almost flawless revival of Cole Porter’s 1948 Shakespeare-based musical which gives constant,  time-suspending pleasure. Michael Blakemore’s production gives the action total credibility.” – The Guardian

“With its blissfully tuneful score, superbly witty lyrics and great charge of Broadway energy, this show shines like a beacon.. .. A dazzling evening of infectious pleasure that makes you go ‘Wow! ’" – Daily Telegraph

“Packed with super songs, this is a show-stopping classic American musical complete with terrific, extravagant American leads.” – The Times

“Broadway’s spirit and resilience is defined in this joyous revival of one of the great musicals, with a treasure trove of Cole Porter popular hits. Its American stars delectably perform the show’s varying styles of vaudeville, jazz, operatic lyricism and comic patter. You’ll love every minute.” – The Daily Mail

Kiss Me, Kate!

Screening Times

Film Info

Michael Blakemore, 145 minutes

Genre: Comedy/Musical
Cast Members: Rachel York, Brent Barrett
Writer: Sam and Bella Spewack
Music: Cole Porter