The lights dim at Chichester Festival Theatre and from the moment the opening bars of Another Op’nin, Another Show starts, the audience is transfixed.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s hugely successful Singin’ In The Rain, 2012’s summer musical slot is filled with Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, a tale of characters who’s own lives are more complicated than their Shakespearean counterparts.
Trevor Nunn’s brilliance shines through - the comical production is a pleasure to watch.
The set design is mesmerizing, with boxes of fabric transforming into scenes. The magnificent final scene with the blossoming tree even draws an applause of its own.
Hannah Waddingham plays Lilli Vanessi and the Shrew, and is the star of the show with her comic attempts at escaping the theatre. Her rendition of I Hate Men is pure brilliance – she makes it a joy to watch on her own.
Alex Bourne is a captivating Fred Graham and Petruchio, while Adam Garcia plays the roll of gambling Bill Calhoun with ease.
But the chorus shouldn’t be forgotten – their version of Too Darn Hot in the second half is one of the best performances of the night.
It seems CFT have got themselves another winner, and I suggest you snap up any tickets while you can.
Until September 1.