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Kiss Me, Kate

Actor Adrian Dunbar and musical star Stephanie J. Block stand side-by-side against a red and golden background.

Cole Porter’s hit musical starring the multi-award-winning Adrian Dunbar (Ridley, Line of Duty) and Broadway musical superstar and Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block (Into The Woods, 9 to 5).

From the Producer of Anything Goes, comes a new production of Kiss Me, Kate. With Cole Porter’s razor-sharp witted lyrics, it’s Broadway musical comedy meets Shakespeare meets Noises Off. Directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific) and with a company of over 50 including a full-scale orchestra, Kiss Me, Kate features classic songs including Another Op'nin', Another Show, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and Tom, Dick or Harry.

Adrian Dunbar stars as Fred Graham with Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block making her West End debut as Lilli Vanessi joined by Charlie Stemp as Bill Calhoun and Georgina Onuorah as Lois Lane.

Kiss Me, Kate is the original farce and whisks you into a world of backstage chaos and romantic entanglements. It’s the perfect Summer musical for 2024.

Running time: approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including an interval

Age guidance: 10+ 

Accessible performances
There are audio-described, captioned and BSL-interpreted performances across the run. Find out more in the accessibility section below and on our accessible events page

Presented in association with the Barbican



Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off tickets (excluding £29.50 tickets) for all performances between 4–17 Jun.

No booking fee. Subject to availability.  

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Corporate Members enjoy 20% off tickets (excluding £29.50 tickets) for all performances between 4–17 Jun.

2 tickets max per booking. Subject to availability. 

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Available on preview performances from Mon 10–Fri 14 Jun only. Subject to availability. 

Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free. 

Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online.    
Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.    

Booking a wheelchair space:
Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected.    

Booking essential companion tickets:
Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket.    

Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats:
Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs.

Groups of 10+ can book at the following discounts:
£99.50 tickets reduced to £65, £79.50 tickets reduced to £55 and all upper circle tickets reduced to £35.

Groups of 20+ can book at the following discounts: 
£99.50 tickets reduced to £55, £79.50 tickets reduced to £45 and all upper circle tickets reduced to £35. 

Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.   

Valid on Mondays to Thursdays (matinees and evenings up until Thu 27 Jun, then evening performances only thereafter), subject to availability. Not valid wc 2 Sep or 9 Sep.

Schools Groups 10+ (Plus 1 free teacher per 10 paid)

Upper Circle £45 reduced to £25

Gallery £29.50 reduced to £19.50

Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.   


Valid Mon – Thu evenings and Thu matinees from 4 Jun – 29 Aug. Subject to availability.

*Excludes £4 booking fee


‘The ultimate Broadway musical from the golden age.‘
Financial Times
‘Cole Porter's greatest musical comedy.‘

Make your visit extra special

Treat yourself to an indulgent theatre experience with one of our Kiss Me, Kate food and drink packages.

Accessible performances

Audio described performances
Wed 17 Jul, 7.30pm
Touch tour at 5.30–6pm

Sat 10 Aug, 2.30pm
Touch tour at 12.30–1pm

Captioned performances
Wed 24 Jul, 7.30pm
Sat 17 Aug, 2.30pm


BSL-interpreted performances
Wed 31 Jul, 7.30pm
Sat 24 Aug, 2.30pm

Click this link to find out more about Accessible Events at the Barbican.