Benedick played by Simon Bubb
Much Ado About Nothing (2014)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Simon makes his Globe debut as Benedick in the 2014 touring production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Simon trained at Webber Douglas and the University of Manchester.
Theatre includes: St Joan, War Horse, The Habit of Art and People (National Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and King John (RSC); The Philanthropist (Donmar); 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic: New Voices); Noises Off (Old Vic Tour); The Importance of Being Earnest and Unless (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); Hay Fever (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough); Stealing Sweets and Punching People (Latchmere) and The Edge of the Land (Eastern Angles).
Film includes: Waiting for Dawn.
Television includes: Eastenders.
Simon talks to us about his final experiences with rehearsals and the challenges of performing in different locations.
"It takes a while, I think, to warm up. We’re finding that we can relax to some degree about that, as long as we keep playing those opening scenes with good pace, we don’t have to worry so much if the audience is in hysterics, because by the time that the two garden scenes happen, we find that the audience is really going for it."
“Beatrice launches a verbal assault on Benedick, and of course he’s gulled. And that’s the central point for him, the penny drops and he starts to think of himself as having some flaws he would like to correct.”
In his second interview, Simon talks about the character of Benedick and his important moments, and what voice and movement work he has been working on, and the language in the play.
“I think the nice thing about the part of Benedick is that it changes throughout the play. I think that’s a very delicious thing for an audience, to witness what goes through his heart and mind.”
In his first interview Simon talks about having performed Much Ado before, the changing nature of Benedick in the play, and what has been happening in rehearsals so far.