‘Kiss Me Kate’ is no stranger to his blog, the name of our summer production ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ was lifted right from it, and so it seems apt to share this memorable number as we count down to tonight’s curtain up. True, Cole Porter’s celebrated musical about American’s staging Shakespeare is pretty far removed from the post-Edwardian sensibilities of ‘The Winslow Boy’ but the lyrics certainly capture the feeling that many of us will be experiencing in a few hours time.
For myself I must say the dress rehearsal last night finally nailed home what a great piece of theatre it is going to be. It’s a very rare play that just ‘clicks’ for me and there are , I admit, a few that never click at all; the ‘Winslow’ experience has been a classic example of a slow burner – putting in one’s hours and working on lines, character and emotions until suddenly, when the lights are up, the costumes are on and everyone is at the top of their game in front of a flawless set, it all falls into place. And last night, as I said, that happened, confirming what I have always thought: this is going to be a memorable one. And so I look forward to seeing a few of you there over the next three days, some of you on stage, but many more of you hopefully after and as the great man says:
The overture is about to start,
You cross your fingers and hold your heart,
It’s curtain time and away we go!
Just another op’nin’ of another show.