Kiss of the Spider Woman by Kander and Ebb

10-18 July 2020


Book by

Terrence McNally based on the novel by Manuel Puig

Music by

John Kander

Lyrics by

Fred Ebb


Directed by

Robert Readman


To be announced 


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Kander and Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman takes a harrowing tale of persecution and turns it into a dazzling musical that combines gritty realities with liberating fantasies.


Molina is a gay window dresser serving an eight-year sentence in a Latin American prison after being accused of corrupting a minor. He survives by living in a fantasy world of movies, most of them starring his idol Aurora.


Valentin, a tough Marxist revolutionary, is brought into the prison, where he's beaten, tortured and thrown into Molina's cell.


Molina shares his fantasies about Aurora – originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera – with Valentin.


One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss.