Much Ado About Nothing at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Much Ado About Nothing at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

Acclaimed actors James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave star in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing, opening at the Old Vic Theatre in September 2013. Having both recently starring in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy on the West End and Broadway, the legendary duo now reunite to play sparring lovers Benedick and Beatrice, in an all-new version of Much Ado About Nothing, imagined by director Mark Rylance.

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.

Recommended for

Those who enjoyed Driving Miss Daisy now have another opportunity to see the duo star opposite each other once again. Lovers of Shakespeare will enjoy this revival of one of his most popular comedies.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40
Opened: 07 Sep 2013
Press night: 19 Sep 2013
Booking from: 08 Nov 2013
Booking until: 30 Nov 2013

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

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Great show, well acted and funny

ramani1 46 reviews, 0 helpful votes