Shakespeare's Globe

Don John, Sexton played by Matthew Pidgeon

Much Ado About Nothing (2011)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Matthew Pidgeon played the scheming villain Don John in the 2011 season's Much Ado About Nothing.

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Performance

Matthew talks about the excitment of opening night, how he loves dancing in the final jig, and why Don John is a character the audience loves to hate.

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Rehearsal 2

Matthew talks about using accent to diffferentiate between Don John and his other minor role the Sexton. He also reveals Don John's most telling moment in the play; when he is first seen with his men Conrade and Borachio.

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Rehearsal 1

Matthew talks about his charcater's key relationships in the play, significantly his hatred of Claudio. Matthew also reveals why he thinks Don John is the bad guy, something he puts down to his character merely conforming to his unorthodox birth

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Pre-Rehearsal

In this introductory interview, Matthew talks about learning Shakespeare at school in Scotland and how Don John's motivations link him to another of Shakespeare's villians, Iago.

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