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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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  • lisawiedemann 172 female 17 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.
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  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 88 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 18th January 2017
    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.
    A decent seat set in the middle of the Stalls. This seat is next to an aisle, so there's plenty of legroom and room for bags. There is average comfort, better than seats towards the middle of the row. It's a decent view, although slightly distant, but you can see past the heads of the people in front of you and get an overall good (slightly angled) view of the stage. Would sit here again!
  • geennyfaster 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 19th January 2017
    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
    Sat in Gallery G6
    These are bench seasts very uncomfortable and there is no leg room. Seats are small and very close to each other, no room for maneuver. The view is good but obviously you are so high up you cannot see all details of action very well. If you get them cheap around 10 pounds they are worth it.
  • leicester-mark 30 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 21st January 2017
    Fantastically funny production. A Joy. Great actors. Would recommend.
    Sat in Stalls C1
    Great view of the stage, for this show though parts of the set did block out the view. Nothing to do with the seat though. Fantastically close to the stage, would recommend this seat. End of a row too.
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    View from Stalls C1
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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