Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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Overview

Christopher Luscombe (Nell Gwynn) turned his hand to two of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, having opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season. In collaboration with the RSC and Chichester Festival Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing, otherwise known as Love’s Labour’s Won, appeared as the sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost. Following a successful 2014 run in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester, the double-bill opened on the West End on December 9th 2016.

Widely regarded as one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing is the tale of the tumultuous relationships between lovers Claudio and Hero and Benedick and Beatrice. Luscombe’s production catapulted the setting into post-war 1918, following Claudio and Benedick as they return world-weary from the devastating war. Desperate to leave the past behind, Claudio and Hero fall quickly in love, whilst Benedick and Beatrice are left to bicker. When the malevolent Don John falls for Hero, he hatches a plan to cast her as a love-rat, much to Claudio’s despair. Soon, Beatrice is forced to console her devastated friend, whilst Claudio must reach a decision. A tale of romance and tragedy, the play is ultimately a comedy that sees a happy ending reached for all the lovers.

After his recent appearance in Photograph 51, Edward Bennet played the bawdy Benedick as well as a leading role in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Lisa Dillon co-stared as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, having had recently performing in leading roles such as Moll in the RSC's The Roaring Girl and as Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew.

Christopher Luscombe directed the production, following recent success with Nell Gwynn, as well as Wicked, Spamalot and The Madness of George III. Much Ado About Nothing also featured design by Simon Higlett, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Jeremy Dunn and choreography by Jenny Arnold.

Much Ado About Nothing appeared as part of the Shakespeare celebrations, marking 400 years since his death, with several Shakespeare plays taking place across London at venues including the Barbican. Having opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on December 9th, Much Ado About Nothing ran until March 18th 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Much Ado About Nothing will enjoy seeing this all new adaptation, which places the production in post-World War One. With some scenes of an upsetting nature, the production is recommended for ages 11 and up.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
Opened: 09 Dec 2016
Press night: 17 Dec 2016
Booking from: 18 Mar 2017
Booking until: 18 Mar 2017

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

30 Reviews Add review

Not the most exciting plot, but acted out most brilliantly by an amazing cast, that breathed fresh new life to the Shakespearean c... More

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Not the most exciting plot, but acted out most brilliantly by an amazing cast, that breathed fresh new life to the Shakespearean comedy. Their intensity and energy helped in highlighting the beautiful dialogues written by Shakespeare, and many others in the audience agreed that they made the Shakespearean language easy to understand.

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliantly acted, incredibility funny (perfect timing by all involved) and gorgeous set/costumes - amazing Shakespeare experience... More

lisawiedemann 172, 56 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Brilliantly acted, incredibility funny (perfect timing by all involved) and gorgeous set/costumes - amazing Shakespeare experience and should not be missed!

lisawiedemann 172, 56 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Didn't enjoy Much Ado as much as its pre-play Love's Labour's Lost. Edward Bennett and Lisa Dillon once again shone in their parts... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Didn't enjoy Much Ado as much as its pre-play Love's Labour's Lost. Edward Bennett and Lisa Dillon once again shone in their parts, and the setting of post-First World War was a good decision. It unfortunately lacked the drama that was so needed from the pivotal scenes of the play - ie. the wedding of Claudio and Hero. This was nowhere near as dramatic as it should have been, and made Beatrice's vendetta against Claudio seem slightly strange. Lots of humour and laughter, but the more emotional moments failed to hit their mark.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The RSC are back to their best! What a wonderful production of one of Shakespeare's finest comedies! Superbly acted, beautiful s... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The RSC are back to their best! What a wonderful production of one of Shakespeare's finest comedies! Superbly acted, beautiful set design and a great cast.

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This was a brilliant revival of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, featuring strong performances from the cast and a great set... More

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was a brilliant revival of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, featuring strong performances from the cast and a great setting.

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Fantastically funny production. A Joy. Great actors. Would recommend.

leicester-mark 5"9, 42 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Fantastically funny production. A Joy. Great actors. Would recommend.

leicester-mark 5"9, 42 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was a fabulous Christmas treat. It was set in Edwardian times to complement Love's Labour's Lost and it was hilarious. I wasn... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was a fabulous Christmas treat. It was set in Edwardian times to complement Love's Labour's Lost and it was hilarious. I wasn't familiar with the text beforehand but it didn't matter, the RSC actors made it very easy to understand the original text and follow it without dumbing down. Fabulous set too.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Definitely my favourite Shakespeare play! Amazing cast.

tammipointer 168cm, 46 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Definitely my favourite Shakespeare play! Amazing cast.

tammipointer 168cm, 46 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed the show, great adaptation of Much ado about nothing. The setting and the costumes were absolutely great. The a... More

geennyfaster 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed the show, great adaptation of Much ado about nothing. The setting and the costumes were absolutely great. The acting was really good. It is advisable to know the story in advance and also some of the original lines. That would help in understanding the plot and the humour

geennyfaster 1 review, 0 helpful votes
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