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Kiss Me, Kate

Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J. Block stand side-by-side against a red background which has a yellow glow. The words 'Kiss Me, Kate, The Hit Musical Comedy' is written across it.

To be or not to love. That's the question in the star-packed, sizzling new production of Cole Porter's legendary backstage musical comedy.

Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, Ridley) and Broadway royalty Stephanie J. Block (Into The Woods, The Cher Show) lead this summer's hottest cast alongside Charlie StempGeorgina OnuorahNigel LindsayHammed Animashaun and Peter Davison

From Cole Porter, composer of recent smash-hit Anything Goes, and with a full orchestra performing classics such as Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Too Darn Hot and Tom, Dick or Harry, this new production is directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I) with choreography by Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia!) and costume design by Catherine Zuber (Moulin Rouge!).

Hailed as 'the ultimate Broadway musical from the golden age’ (Financial Times), Kiss Me, Kate is a simple love story...about two people who just can't stand each other. Guess who wins... 

Don't miss this all-zinging, all-dancing musical comedy.

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

Age guidance: 10+ 

This production contains flashing lights, smoke, haze, a replica gun and gunshot. 

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

Please note that the appearance of any particular cast member cannot be guaranteed in the unforeseen event of illness or other circumstances beyond our control.

Kiss Me, Kate is presented by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Production, Richard Batchelder/Brady Brim De-Forest, The Dodgers, HoriPro, Kevin Ryan/Dennis Trunfio, Carlos Candal, The Shubert Organization, udnFunLife Co., New Frame Productions and David Lazar in association with Scenario Company, ACT Productions and the Barbican.

Presented in association with the Barbican.

Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off tickets (excluding cheapest price band) for all performances.

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 June - 31 July.

2 tickets max per booking. Subject to availability. 

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£10 (not available on top two price bands)

Available 4-28 June only. Subject to availability- 2 per person.

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 for shows after 12th September.

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

These accessibility provisions are available for this event. Please visit our help centre for extra guidance when booking these tickets.

Audio described


‘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.


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