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A joyous production of Shakespeare’s rom-com

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates the start of summer with Lucy Bailey’s (Titus Andronicus) exuberant production of Much Ado About Nothing, set at the end of World War Two.

In Northern Italy, Leonata and her daughters are preparing to re-open their palazzo in celebration of returning soldiers. Amongst the partygoers are young lovers Hero and Claudio and squabbling singletons Benedick and Beatrice. Both couples soon have their limits tested by a startling turn of events that blur the lines between mischief and cruelty.

Much Ado About Nothing is arguably the blueprint for modern rom-coms, with its feel-good romantic plots and commentary about sexual politics. This new production places the action within the context of mid-century Italy, just before its liberation by Allied forces. Some of the traditionally male characters are reconceived as women, with the production focusing on female friendships and solidarity.

The Much Ado About Nothing cast includes Lucy Phelps as Beatrice, Ralph Davis as Benedick, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi as Hero, Patrick Osborne as Claudio, Katy Stephens as Leonata and George Fouracres as Dogberry.

Revel in the ultimate battle of wits, romance and redemption with Much Ado About Nothing tickets. This sparkling production is the perfect summer entertainment for theatre fans.

Performance dates: 22 Oct 2022 - 23 Oct 2022

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: TBC

Sorry this show closed 23 October 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Possibly my last yard experence of this season - but what a show, what a cast. Every line delivered with... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Oct 2022

Possibly my last yard experence of this season - but what a show, what a cast. Every line delivered with such clarity - massively increasing my understanding of the text. But oh so funny too. So funny that Leonata was corpsing at George Foreacres' Dogberry, who was hilarious as usual, with some superb ad libbing.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Oct 2022

Loving this show more and more everytime I see it. This cast get better every time I see it. Everything... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Oct 2022

Loving this show more and more everytime I see it. This cast get better every time I see it. Everything worked. We were in hyterics. The cast were serously going for it. An experience never to be forgot - and you get chatting to lots of other groundlings...

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer19 Oct 2022

Some really great things about this production. Beatrice is superb. It is a difficult task to combine... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer22 Sep 2022

Some really great things about this production. Beatrice is superb. It is a difficult task to combine Mum and Dad into one (Antonia), not sure it works, but the interaction with the audience is superb. This is the Globe - they Ad Lib - you never quite know what will happen next - love it.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer22 Sep 2022

These players are great. Seeing them in different plays, each taking turns at leads etc is wonderful.... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer08 Sep 2022

These players are great. Seeing them in different plays, each taking turns at leads etc is wonderful. I think this is the best of the season, and will need to be seen several times. It does look like Much Ado has stolen this summer.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer08 Sep 2022

Huge difference between the Globe and The National (both productions are excellent) is interaction with... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer08 Sep 2022

Huge difference between the Globe and The National (both productions are excellent) is interaction with the audience - particularly in the yard. The players love interaction and the ad lib with ease: when it started raining, when the wheelbarrow broke, when Antonia got stuck to her chair (and had to be rescued from a caught button), and when the, now wet grass, had to undergo a health and safety assessment. Brilliant.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer08 Sep 2022

Smaller cast than the National's version, but some really good stuff. This set of players know their... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer08 Sep 2022

Smaller cast than the National's version, but some really good stuff. This set of players know their Shakespeare and the words live gloriously. The best Beatrice I have seen for some time - Lucy Phelps, utterly superb.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer08 Sep 2022
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