Theatre Royal Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT
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Opened: 09 Dec 2016
Booking from: 16 Jan 2017
Booking until: 18 Mar 2017
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

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  • joc78 5"4 female 120 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 19th December 2016
    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.
    Sat in Gallery B4
    Even though you are very high up you do get a good view of the stage if the people in front sit up straight! The guy in front kept leaning forward which obscured my view somewhat. Please note there is very limited leg room in this seat and it is very uncomfortable. It is bench like seating but it really started to hurt the lower part of my back. I was lucky enough to move to another seat in the second half as this seat was just way too uncomfortable and there is no leg room whatsoever
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    View from Gallery B4
  • catherineglackin 5"6 female 12 reviews 1 helpful vote
    60% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 14th January 2017
    It was very well acted and executed. Stage was beautiful. However, as I was unfamiliar with this Shakesperian comedy I did find it a bit difficult at times to keep up!
    Sat in Gallery E1
    See attached image for view of the stage. The seats are not fold down but padded bench and back support. Were okay but not terribly comfortable. I'm average height (5"6) and legroom was just about enough. Any taller and it would be uncomfortable. Beautiful 3....
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    View from Gallery E1
  • alesdolinar 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 11th January 2017
    Sat in Stalls B7
    Very Close To the Stage. Almost on the stage! Restricted view because of the props on the stage. Have to look up!
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    View from Stalls B7
  • kendalllouise90 5"4' female 37 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Much Ado About Nothing, 11th January 2017
    Sat in Gallery A1
    Safety rail slightly in view. Lots and lots of legroom. The view isn't bad at all for the ticket price. The right side of the stage is slightly obstructed with the safety rail. The seats have no arms rests and are a little uncomfortable. You can make out faces but not facial expressions. There are also lots of steps up to the seat. Would not recommend to anyone with access issues.
    A1 Gallery - Theatre Royal Haymarket - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Gallery A1
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.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Christopher Luscombe (Nell Gwynn) turns 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, will appear as the sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost. Following a successful 2014 run in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester, the double-bill is set to open on the West End on December 9th.

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 catapults 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 plays the bawdy Benedick as well as a leading role in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Lisa Dillon co-stars as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, having 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 directs the production, following recent success with Nell Gwynn, as well as Wicked, Spamalot and The Madness of George III. Much Ado About Nothing also features design by Simon Higlett, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Jeremy Dunn and choreography by Jenny Arnold.

Much Ado About Nothing appears 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 will run 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.