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Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT
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Opened: 09 Dec 2016
Booking from: 18 Mar 2017
Booking until: 18 Mar 2017
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
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  • helenkeegan 5' 3" female 38 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 19th December 2016
    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.
    No complaints with this seat! A great view with no obstruction due to good raking, the seat was comfortable and there was enough legroom for me.
  • clemonylemony 5"8.5 male 49 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 14th March 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls B8
    This seat was the front row for this production. The seats are extremely close to the stage, so be prepared for some neckache by the end, especially if a good portion of the action happens at the very front of the stage, as in this production. The view was still alright though, and nothing was obstructed; though it might have helped that in this production, the set was on an elevated platform. The close proximity to the stage does also mean legroom is limited. If you're willing to put up with the discomfort, and would rather pay a lower price to see a particular production, the seat is ultimately value for money.
    B8 Stalls - Theatre Royal Haymarket - Seat Review & View Photo
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  • tammipointer 168cm 34 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 18th February 2017
    Definitely my favourite Shakespeare play! Amazing cast.
    Nice view of the stage, slightly cramped leg room but better than in the gallery.
    F14 Upper Circle - Theatre Royal Haymarket - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle F14
  • lisawiedemann 172 female 42 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 16th February 2017
    Brilliantly acted, incredibility funny (perfect timing by all involved) and gorgeous set/costumes - amazing Shakespeare experience and should not be missed!
    Very good view, only the very right hand corner of the stage front could not be seen, which wasn't necessary for this production. Leg room was ok but could be a tad more and seats were fairly narrow. Still, great value for money and would sit here again.
    F3 Royal Circle - Theatre Royal Haymarket - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle F3
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING SEATING PLAN
The Theatre Royal Haymarket offers the best views in the Stalls, with the clearest views in the mid-front. Sit in the front of the Upper Circles for the best view on a budget.
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STORY
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.
SUITABLE 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
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