Big boost for Kiss me, Kate

A Shropshire staging of one of the Broadway’s best-loved musicals has received a big boost.

Kiss Me, Kate is being performed at the Theatre Severn this week by amateur
group Mad Cow Productions.
The Shropshire-based company has secured sponsorship from Shrewsbury solicitors Wace Morgan, one of the town’s largest legal practices.
Diana Packwood, managing partner of Wace Morgan, said that the firm was a strong supporter of local arts events as part of its commitment to the community.
“As a firm we are always keen to sponsor local arts and community events wherever it is possible and we are pleased to be involved with this iconic show,” she commented.

Kiss me, Kate, by Cole Porter, tells the story of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
It proved to be Porter’s biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway, winning the first Tony Award presented for best musical in 1949.

Alex Hinton, who helped to found Mad Cow Productions with Lisa Lowarch, said that the amateur theatrical company was set up in 2003 with an aim to create top quality theatre for the people of Shropshire, with high production values and strong performances, at an accessible price.

“We are very grateful to Wace Morgan Solicitors for providing such valuable sponsorship to the arts in general in Shropshire, and for our production of Kiss me, Kate in particular,” she said.

The show will be performed at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Friday and Saturday evening (May 3 and 4) at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.


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