Shakespeare's Globe

Leonato played by Penelope Beaumont

Much Ado About Nothing (2004)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Penelope Beaumont played Leonato in the 2004 production of Much Ado About Nothing in her second season at Shakespeare's Globe. In 2003 she was a member of the Globe's first all-female company; she played Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew and Lord Stanley in Richard III.

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Production Notes

This is Penny's final blog post. This week she discusses the difference between evening and matinee audiences, coping with bad weather and how she is continuing to fine-tune her performance.

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Rehearsal Notes 8

In her penultimate blog post Penny discusses how she found the first performances, the work she is continuing to do on her performance and her thoughts on construction of Leonato's part.

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Rehearsal Notes 7

In her seventh blog post, Penny discusses the tech week: rehearsing with the fountain, the problems caused with costume and her overall impression of the process.

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Rehearsal Notes 6

In her sixth blog post Penny discusses how running the play helps fix small problems and denoting the Prince's status onstage. She also looks ahead to the technical rehearsals.

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Rehearsal Notes 5

In her fifth blog post Penny discusses working on the gulling of Benedick [II.3], how improvisation informs particular scenes, and the difficulties involved in making obscure lines clear.

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Rehearsal Notes 4

In her fourth blog post Penny discusses trying to learn the jig, decisions to be made in the confrontation scene [V.1] and her opinions on Claudio and Hero.

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Rehearsal Notes 3

In her third blog post Penny discusses how a visit from the Tudor Group informed the play, working on specific scenes and requesting a pair of eyebrows!

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Rehearsal Notes 2

In her second blog post, Penny discusses Leonato's relationships with other characters in the play, different aspects of Leonato's character and the work done on the text with the Master of Words.

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Rehearsal Notes 1

This is Penny's first blog post. This week she discusses returning to the Globe, being in an all-female company and how original practices impact upon the production.

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