About the showWilliam Shakespeare’s most frequently performed comic romance comes to the West End. Much Ado About Nothing has arrived in London this winter courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who have toured the production with great success in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester Festival. The show is part of a Shakespeare comedy double bill, running in repertoire with Love’s Labour’s Lost.
This production of Much Ado About Nothing is set at the end of World War II, with most of the action taking place at a thriving post-war house party. Spirits are high and memories of battle soon fade away, setting a perfect atmosphere for romance. Two soldiers, Benedick and Claudio, find themselves courting two women by the names of Hero and Beatrice. The couples have their happiness threatened by the scheming Don John, who aims to deceive Claudio and ruin his chances of marrying Hero. Featuring plenty of twists and turns, the audience are left on edge as to whether or not the couples will remain together at the end of the play.
Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose extensive directing credits include countless plays at Shakespeare’s Globe. This includes Nell Gwynn, which later transferred to the Apollo Theatre. Luscombe will lead a 22-strong ensemble cast, with Edward Bennett playing Benedick. Bennett has worked alongside numerous notable actors, appearing in Hamlet as David Tennant’s understudy and most recently alongside Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51. Lisa Dillon stars as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, having recently performing in leading roles such as Moll in the RSC's The Roaring Girl and as Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew.
Don’t miss your chance to see this classic tale of love and deception at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Shakespeare fans should make sure they see Luscombe’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost as well, especially as both shows can be seen on the same day. Performances began on the 12th December 2016 and continue into 2017.