Why See Much Ado About Nothing?
A FOND FAVOURITE SHAKESPEAREAN ROMANTIC COMEDY
With a contemporary twist on a timeless classic, early 1980s Gibraltar sets the unlikely scene for this production of Much Ado About Nothing. The production, directed by accomplished British Theatre Director and Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, Josie Rourke, received a 2011 Oliver Award nomination.
Shakespeare's colourful characters - a delightful melange of cynical, naive, wise and conniving - prance through the play on their individual quests for romance or revenge. With tumultuous twists, the tale weaves wit, mirth, surprise and suspense universal game of love.
WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
One of Shakespeare's most celebrated comedies, Much Ado About Nothing tells the tale of two intertwining romances, one impetuous, the other reluctant. Union seems unstoppable for Claudio and Hero, who meet, fall desperately in love and plan to wed within a week. But an embittered villain never strays far from the narrative of a Shakespearean comedy, and Much Ado About Nothing is no exception. Don John devises a sinister, slanderous plan to ruin the wedding. Contrasting the youthful lovers, Beatrice and Benedict go to great lengths to conceal their mutual affection. Romance seems impossible for the quarrelsome pair, who feign disinterest, hurl insults and spout mockery. But for how long can they sustain the banter?
Previews from: 16 May 2011
Opening night: 1 June 2011
Much Ado About Nothing is suitable for audiences aged 8 and above. Please be aware that this performance includes strobe lighting
Two hours and 45 minutes with one interval.
And before you stop reading
Lottery Seats: 20 best seats for 10 pounds will be released on the day of each performance from the Box Office. Lottery tickets will be available from 10am and will be drawn at 10.30am. One lottery ticket per person. Winning lottery tickets can be exchanged for a single ticket to the performance.
Cast and Creative
CastDavid Tennant as Benedick
Catherine Tate as Beatrice
Tom Bateman as Claudio
Alex Beckett as Borachio
Joshua Berg as Titus
Jonathan Coy as Leonato
Anna Farnworth as Innogen
Mike Grady as Verges
Clive Hayward as Hugh Oatcake/Friar Francis
Derek Howard as Angelo
Kathryn Hunt as Ursula
Adam James as Don Pedro
Lee Knight as Conrade
Elliot Levey as Don John
Nicholas Lumley as George Seacole
Sarah MacRae as Hero
John Ramm as Dogberry
Enzo Squillino Junior as Balthasar/Sexton
Leo Staar as Messenger
Natalie Thomas as Margaret
Hannah Warren-Green as Maria
CreativeAuthor - William Shakespeare
Director - Josie Rourke
Producer - Sonia Friedman Productions
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