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historic inn, lodging in AnnapolisWith music and lyrics by Cole Porter, direction and choreography by Sally Boyett, and music direction by Marc Irwin, Kiss Me, Kate promises to be a terrific production filled with comedy, sophistication, and romance. This Cole Porter musical is a combination of the brilliant and irreverent humor of two immortal writers, Cole Porter and William Shakespeare, and it will be performed by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company from May 4 to June 3, 2018.


Written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, Kiss Me, Kate combines the musical version production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the comedic struggle between Fred Graham, the musical’s director, producer, and star, and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi, who is also the leading lady.

Inspired by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate was the first work Porter wrote wherein music and lyrics were firmly integrated with the script. The musical subsequently became Porter’s most successful show. It was his only Broadway production that ran for more than 1,000 performances. Kiss Me, Kate won the very first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949.

Director Sally Boyett

Kiss Me, Kate director Sally Boyett is ASC’s Founding Artistic Director and has many directing, choreography, and acting credits. Her recent ASC directing credits include Blithe Spirit, Our Town, Twelfth Night, My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It, POE, and A Tale of Two Cities.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Now in its fifth season as a professional theater group, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company (ASC) continues to maintain their excellent standing as the premier regional company for Shakespeare and the classics based in Maryland. In January 2017, they moved into an impressive new 8,100 square foot facility housing a 99-seat blackbox theatre that features a spacious lobby bar.

Event Details

Dates: May 4 to June 3, 2018 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Location: Annapolis Shakespeare Theatre, 1804 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland

For More Information & Tickets: ASC’s Kiss Me, Kate

Your Inn Near Kiss Me, Kate

The Annapolis Shakespeare Theatre is only about two miles away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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