South coast debut for TV star

Kiss Me Kate is running at Chichester Festival Theatre from June 18 until September 1.  Holly Dale Spencer and Adam Garcia.  PICTURE: CATHERINE ASHMORE
Kiss Me Kate is running at Chichester Festival Theatre from June 18 until September 1. Holly Dale Spencer and Adam Garcia. PICTURE: CATHERINE ASHMORE
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Adam Garcia had always wanted to star in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. After seeing a London production of the Broadway revival in 2001, he fell for the role of Bill Calhoun and hoped one day he’d get the part.

It was a chance conversation with choreographer Stephen Mear that lead to Adam taking on the role at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The Got To Dance judge and Coyote Ugly actor says: ‘It’s a show I’d really wanted to do since I saw it.

‘I worked with Stephen on On The Town and he said “It looks like we’re putting on Kiss Me, Kate” and I was like “I’d love to do it!”

‘I’ve wanted to work with Trevor Nunn since I moved to London in 1994. And Chichester I’ve always really wanted to do in my career, so it all seemed to come together.’

Kiss Me, Kate follows a group of people trying to put on Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, but sparks fly between the co-stars when there’s gambling debts to collect.

Speaking about his character, Adam believes they do have their similarities.

He explains: ‘Bill is an interesting one. We are quite similar in a way – not that I’m a gambling addict!

‘The show and theatre itself doesn’t really interest him that much and I used to be like that.

‘It’s just fun to go into a job, dance a bit, and then you leave and get paid to do that.’

He adds: ‘I never really had a driving ambition to act but it kept on happening to me and with Bill I think I project that on to him.’

Having lived in London for the past 17 years, the Australian is looking forward to making his debut on the south coast.

Adam says: ‘Dare I say it I’m slightly looking forward to it, being on the south coast in Chichester and away from the chaotic centre of London during the Olympics.

‘Hopefully we will even get some sunshine!

‘I love the UK and it’s the first time since I’ve lived in England that I will spend the summer by the sea.

‘It’s going to be really cool.’

The production runs from June 18 until September 1.

Tickets cost £10 to £40 from Chichester Festival Theatre on (01243) 781312 or go to cft.org.uk.