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Full cast announced for KISS ME, KATE

Kiss Me Kate Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, today announces the full cast for Paul Foster’s major revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Foster directs Delroy Atkinson (Gangster 1), Edward Baker-Duly (Fred), Cindy Belliot (Hattie), John Conroy (Baptista), Dafydd Emyr (Harrison Howell), Dex Lee (Bill), Rebecca Lock (Lilli), Ross McLaren (Gremio), Joel Montague (Gangster 2), Adam Rhys-Charles (Hortensio), Amy Ellen Richardson (Lois), Matthew Whennell-Clark (Ralph) and Layton Williams (Paul), with Jessica Buckby, Ronan Burns, Louis Gaunt, Ruby Greenwood, Tash Holway (also Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain), Jennifer Louise Jones, Bobbie Little, Emmanuele N'Zuzi, Simon Oskarsson and Clancy Ryan. The production opens on 12 December, with previews from 7 December, and runs until 12 January 2019.

From the Golden Age, a riotous, romantic musical comedy to make your heart soar. It’s opening night for feuding divorcees Fred and Lilli as they star in The Taming of the Shrew. But as the curtain rises, gambling, gangsters and mistaken identity conspire to create chaos.

Paul Foster directs this lavish and sensational celebration of theatre featuring some of Cole Porter’s finest songs: So In Love, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and Too Darn Hot.

Delroy Atkinson plays Gangster 1. His theatre work includes Sylvia (The Old Vic), Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Firm (Hampstead Theatre), Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Albion (Bush Theatre), All My Sons (Royal Exchange Manchester) and The Amen Corner (National Theatre). For television, his work includes The Morgana Show, Sherlock, Small Island, My Family, After You’ve Gone and No Heroics; and for film, Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales, Still Crazy, Rivers of Blood and Fish Out of Water.

Edward Baker-Duly plays Fred. His US theatre credits include the Broadway production of The King And I; and the Off-Broadway production of Peter And The Starcatcher. His West End theatre work includes The King and I, The Wizard Of Oz, Gone With The Wind, South Pacific, West Side Story, Salad Days. UK: Rookery Nook, Noises Off, Anyone Can Whistle, The Lady Vanishes, Copacabana, The Pirates of Penzance, Singing in the Rain, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night and The Mikado. For television, his work includes Shades Of Blue, Billions, Elementary, The Blacklist, Royal Pains, Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Micro Men, New Tricks and Yes Prime Minister; and for film, Heidi Queen Of The Mountain, DeLovely, Botched, The Circle and Welkome Home.

Cindy Belliot plays Hattie. Her theatre credits include Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre), Motown (Shaftesbury Theatre), Fela (Broadway, National Theatre London and USA tour), The Hurly Burly Show (Garrick Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre) and Wicked (Apollo Victoria).

John Conroy returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Baptista – he previously appeared in Translations, Me and My Girl and Guys and Dolls. His extensive theatre work also includes Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre), Top Hat (UK tour), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory), Glengarry Glen Ross, Guys and Dolls(Piccadilly Theatre), Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse) and Two Gentlemen of Verona and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). His television work includes Women on the Verge, Atlantis, Pay and Display, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries and Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Dafydd Emyr play Harrison Howell. For theatre, his credits include Kick The Breeze (BAC), Man of Fire (Cwmni Whare Teg), Amdani (Script Cymru), and Pinocchio and Danny The Champion Of The World (Sherman Theatre Co). For television, his work includes Lazarus Ladies, Old Scores, The Famous Five, A Touch Of Love, Excalibur: The Search For Arthur, Realms Of Gold Young Dracula, Doctor Who, Da Vinci's Demons, Bastard Executioner, The Windsors, Lleifior, Mae Gen I Gariad and Amdani; and for film, Natural Justice and Carrie’s War.

Dex Lee plays Bill. His stage work includes Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera), Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch Theatre), The Wild Party (The Other Palace), Grease (Curve, Leicester), Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Royal Court Theatre), In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse), Hairspray (UK tour), Carrie (Southwark Playhouse) and The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre).

Rebecca Lock returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Lilli – she previously appeared in Oliver!. Her other theatre work includes Heathers (The Other Palace), Moonfleet (Salisbury Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre), Committee (Donmar Warehouse), Mary Poppins (UK tour), Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Theatr Clwyd), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

Ross McLaren play Gremio. His theatre work includes It Happened in Key West (Charing Cross Theatre), Elf (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Lowry Theatre), Top Hat, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House Theatre), The Wiper’s Times (Arts Theatre), Big the Musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal) and Singin’ in the Rain (Théâtre du Châtelet). His film work includes Muppets Most Wantedand The Reunion.

Joel Montague plays Gangster 2. His theatre work includes Fat Friends (UK tour), School Of Rock (New London Theatre), Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre), The Producers (UK tour), Urinetown (St. James Theatre and Apollo Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show and Sister Act (both UK tours). For television, his work includes Girlfriends, Girls in Love and In Suspicious Circumstances.

Adam Rhys-Charles returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Hortensio – he previously appeared in Anything Goes (also UK tour) and Oliver!. His other theatre work incudes Follies (National Theatre), Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre and UK tour), Mrs Henderson Presents (Toronto), Mary Poppins (UK tour) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air).

Amy Ellen Richardson plays Lois. Her theatre work includes Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (UK tour), Singin’ in the Rain, She Loves Me, Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Into the Woods (Royal Exchange Manchester), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Royal Festival Hall), Follies (Royal Albert Hall), Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre) and Crazy for You (Novello Theatre); and for film, Les Miserables.

Matthew Whennell-Clark returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Ralph – he previously appeared in My Fair Lady. His theatre work includes Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Carousel (ENO), 42nd Street, Singin in the Rain (Théâtre du Châtelet), Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre, UK tour, Phoenix Theatre) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Layton Williams plays Paul. Hs theatre work includes Hairspray, Rent, The Car Man, Lord of the Flies (UK tours), Thriller (Lyric Theatre) and the title role in Billy Elliot. For television, his work includes Bad Education, Postcode, Beautiful People and Benidorm; and for film, Bad Education.

Paul Foster returns to Sheffield Theatres where he previously directed Annie Get Your Gun. His other theatre credits include The Light Princess and Sweet Charity (Cadogan Hall), A Little Night Music and Laurel and Hardy (The Watermill Theatre), Tell Me on a Sunday (The Watermill Theatre and UK tour) Bette Midler and Me (St James Theatre), Flora the Red Menace (Edinburgh Festival), Bells are Ringing, Darling of the Day, Crimes of the Heart (Union Theatre), A State Affair (MTA), Cowardy Custard (Yvonne Arnaud and UK tour), The Vagina Monologues (UK tour) and Little One (Royal Court Young Writers Festival). His radio credits include Britannicus.