Much Ado About Nothing
Well-known as one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Luscombe’s version of Much Ado About Nothing will see world-weary comrades Benedick and Claudio returning from World War One in 1918. Determined to reconnect with Beatrice and Hero respectively, the pair are desperate to leave their dreadful experiences behind, and when Claudio and Hero fall instantly in love, Benedick and Beatrice are left to bicker in a combative courtship. Soon, the malicious Don John spies Hero and wishing to claim her as his own, paints a vicious, adulterous rumour, which sees Claudio abandon her in despair. A tale of romance, tragedy but ultimately peace, Much Ado About Nothing sees true love prevail!
As two of the most popular characters in Shakespeare, Benedick and Beatrice have been played by a whole host of famous faces, including Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, Joseph Millson and Tamsin Greig and David Tennant and Catherine Tate, with the most recent production in 2013 starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave as the battling duo. After his recent appearance in Photograph 51 with Nicole Kidman, Edward Bennett is set to play Benedick.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe (Nell Gwynn, Wicked), Much Ado About Nothing features design by Simon Higlett, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Jeremy Dunn and choreography by Jenny Arnold. Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on December 9th, Much Ado About Nothing is set to run until March 18th 2017.