He will play impulsive gambler Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, and is joined by rising star Georgina Onuorah (The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!) as Lois Lane/Bianca.
Already announced in the cast are award-winning actor screen and stage actor Adrian Dunbar (Ridley, Line of Duty) as Fred Graham/Petruchio, and Broadway musical superstar and Tony Award Winner Stephanie J. Block (Into The Woods, The Cher Show, 9 to 5) as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine.
The revival will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (The King & I), and produced by Trafalgar Theatre Productions (Anything Goes).
Kiss Me, Kate boasts music and lyrics by Cole Porter, a book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, and is packed full of memorable songs including ‘Another Op’nin’ Another Show,’ ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare,’ ‘Always True to You in My Fashion’ and ‘Too Darn Hot.’
The creative team will also include choreography by Anthony Van Laast, set design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Adam Fisher, and musical supervision by Stephen Ridley.
Charlie Stemp said in a statement: “Kiss Me, Kate has always been a favourite show of mine, so to get the chance to return to the West End so soon in this title and specifically opposite Adrian Dunbar, Stephanie J. Block and Georgina Onuorah is a dream come true.”
Georgina Onuorah said: “I am thrilled to be involved in this reimagined Kiss Me, Kate – with a Lois/Bianca that looks like me! Bart Sher is a remarkable director and I am so excited to get working on this beloved musical with this wonderful team.”
Producer Howard Panter said: “I’m delighted that the dynamic Charlie Stemp and Georgina Onuorah are joining the cast of Kiss Me, Kate. Their youthful energy and exceptional talents will bring an exciting vibrancy to Cole Porter’s timeless masterpiece. Kiss Me, Kate is the perfect summer treat for London audiences this year. It’s fun, infectious and pure entertainment – it’s musical theatre at its very best.”
Kiss Me, Kate will run at the Barbican Theatre for 15 weeks from 4 June to 14 September 2024.