Much Ado About Nothing is widely regarded as one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, with this particular production leaping into the 1940’s, complete with American GIs. Following the tumultuous relationships between Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero, the latter couple have their imminent nuptials threatened by a resentful and scheming Prince. Whilst Beatrice consoles a devastated Hero and Benedick comforts an outraged Claudio, marriage seems inconceivable for the two reluctant lovers.
Tony Award-winning actor Jones (Fences, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Olivier Award-winning actress Redgrave (The Aspern Papers, The Cherry Orchard) play the usually young bickering couple in a new interpretation that imagines Benedick and Beatrice as an older couple. Further casting includes Beth Cooke as Hero, Lloyd Everitt as Claudio, Michael Elwyn as Leonato, Peter Wight as Dogberry and James Garnon as Don Pedro. Additional cast members are Tim Barlow, Penelope Beaumont, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Katherine Carlton, Alan David, Melody Grove, Trevor Laird, Leroy Osei-Bonsu, Mark Ross and Danny Lee Wynter.
Mark Rylance directs Much Ado About Nothing, following on from seeing the duo perform in Driving Miss Daisy. Rylance is an Olivier Award-winning actor (Jerusalem), and previous Artistic Director for Shakespeare’s Globe. Much Ado About Nothing features music by Claire van Kampen and is produced by the Old Vic. Opening at the Old Vic Theatre in September, don’t miss out on your chance to see this legendary pair of actors reunite on the London stage.