Dex Lee appears in Paul Foster’s revival of Kiss Me, Kate – a 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.
Kiss Me, Kate is at the Crucible Theatre from Friday 7 December 2018 – Saturday 12 January 2019. Tickets are available here.
You’re appearing in Paul Foster’s revival of Kiss Me, Kate, what can you tell us about this production?
Kiss Me, Kate is the story of an actor/producer/director by the name of Fred Graham, putting on a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Paul [Foster, director] focuses on keeping us fully connected to the text at all times, he says that he’s not interested in creating a ‘vehicle show’ for any singular performer, so this production will be a vibrant world built by a multi-faceted, multi-layered community of actors and stage hands . In a few words I’d say it’s exciting, fun and full of energy!
How would you describe your character?
A charming, flirty, yet loved up (for on stage and off stage love interest Lois Lane) gambler who is also a Broadway hoofer (tap dancer) trying to make his way up in the acting world by tackling some Shakespeare.
How does Bill differ to roles you’ve played in the past, and what opportunities does that give you?
Lots of new and challenging opportunities! What’s interesting about Bill is that he straddles a fine line between taking advantage of other people’s financial states, while still remaining charming and likeable – which is a lot of fun to play with. On top of that, I’ve never tackled any Shakespearean text before and through the character Lucentio I double up as, I get to dip my toe into those waters.
What’s your favourite part of the rehearsal process?
You can split the rehearsal process into three parts: the beginning, middle and end (obviously. Ha!). Specifically, the beginning consists of the practicalities of learning your lines and blocking; the middle consists of looking outwards, genuinely and spontaneously reacting to what other players on the stage are doing; and, finally the end consists of tech, dress rehearsals and preview performances. My favourite part would have to be the middle section, because it’s the part with the most exploration and discovery – Paul Foster is a director who hugely encourages questions and discovery, so we’re in for a treat!
What are you most looking forward to about working at Sheffield Theatres?
The thrust staging is definitely a big plus for me! I’m really enjoying watching and being a part of Matt Flint (our choreographer) and Paul Foster navigating the space to make sure that we appeal to all three sides. Above all else, being part of a theatre company and community whose main concern is being passionate about creating and presenting brilliant works for art!
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Kiss Me, Kate?
Be prepared for a night absolutely choc-full of entertainment fun and good times! Get your tickets before they go!!!