AS the director of Woodseats Musical Theatre Company, Mary Newey is looking forward to re-introducing South Yorkshire audiences to another old favourite by Cole Porter.
The show is Kiss Me Kate, the classic that takes Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, adds a songbook packed with unforgettable melodies and then wraps it up in a comic story about a warring Broadway couple who take their personal fight out on stage with them as first night approaches. “It hasn’t been done in Sheffield for a long time and I don’t know why,” says Mary.
“Perhaps some people find it confusing because it is a show within a show but it’s up to me to make it perfectly clear where we are and when we are switching from the backstage to Shakespearean scenes.
“And it really does have one of the greatest scores of Porter’s career, packed with unforgettable songs that everybody will know.”
She does have a point there – any show that includes Another Op’nin, Another Show, We Opened in Venice, So In Love, I Hate Men, Too Darn Hot, Always True to You in My Fashion and Brush Up Your Shakespeare among its best numbers can rightly claim to be a Broadway classic.
But if there is anybody worried that Shakespeare is the problem, then Mary insists that really shouldn’t be the case at all.
“It’s not all pure Shakespeare, just mainly in the Shakespearean style,” she explains. “We’ve actually had a drama teacher in to take us through it and the whole cast have enjoyed that part of it a lot.”
The show, with a cast headed by Sheffield favourite Richard Carlin and Chesterfield actress Jenny Bingham, runs at Dronfield Civic Theatre, June 19 to 22 and follows the success of last year’s The Boyfriend.
Tickets for the show are available now at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 01246 290499 or 0114 2468242.