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Much Ado About Nothing

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Friday 14 July – Sunday 15 October 2017

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Yard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) £20 – £45. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre To be confirmed
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Creatives


Writer
William Shakespeare 

Director
Matthew Dunster

Designer
Anna Fleischle

Composer
James Maloney 

Choreographer
Charlotte Broom 

Lighting Designer
Philip Gladwell

Sound Designer
George Dennis 

Fight Directors
Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd 


Cast


Antonia
Doreene Blackstock

Child Soldier
Lucy Brandon 

Conrade
Ashley Campbell

Hero
Anya Chalotra 

Claudio
Marcello Cruz

Balthasar / Musician
Oliver Cudbill

Borachio / Friar Francis
Charlie De Melo 

Juana
Jo Dockery

Leonato
Martin Marquez 

Benedick
Matthew Needham

Ursula
Ammara Niwaz

Child Soldier
Zaiya Omamori 

Beatrice
Beatriz Romilly

Margaret / Verges
Sarah Seggari 

Don Pedro
Steve John Shepherd

Dog Berry
Ewan Wardrop

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‘I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow,
than a man swear he loves me.’

Synopsis


Mexico, 1914.

Claudio and Benedick return home from the first wave of the revolution. Claudio has been pining for his love, Hero. Benedick loves her cousin Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick; but because neither will admit it, nothing seems likely to bring them together. Only the intrigues of a revolutionary with a dark heart, force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by vowing to kill his best friend, Claudio.

Background


Shakespeare’s classic tale of antagonistic romance and madcap humour explodes on to the Globe stage with a fusion of Latin music, desert flowers and revolutionary politics in this bold new production.

Matthew Dunster is Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe, where his previous productions include Imogen (2016), The Lightning Child (2013), Doctor Faustus (2011), Troilus and Cressida (2009) and The Frontline (2008 and 2009).

Please note: this production of Much Ado About Nothing is set during the armed struggles of the Mexican Revolution. As a result it will feature guns and gunfire at various moments throughout the performance.

 

Pre & post-show talks

Introductory Lectures →

Inspiring introductory talks about Much Ado About Nothing given by leading Shakespeare scholars and supported by Globe actors.

Tuesday 22 August 2017
Tuesday 19 September 2017

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £8 (£6 Members/Student)

Theatre Company Q&As →

Theatre company members share their experience of Much Ado About Nothing, the Globe and answer your questions in these post-show Q&A sessions.

Wednesday 20 September 2017
Tuesday 10 October 2017

Time: 15 mins after matinee performance
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £5 (£4 Members/Student)

Exclusive events for our Members

Meet the Cast →

Much Ado About Nothing cast members share their experience of working at the Globe and backstage secrets in these Q&A sessions.

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Time: 15 mins after the matinee performance
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £3, including a glass of wine/soft drink

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Waxing Lyrical

A Celebration of Artistic Leadership →

Join Matthew Dunster, Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, as he interviews leading Artistic Directors about their life, their work and their influences. Their memories will be accompanied by handpicked pieces of music that have inspired them.

Emma Rice & David Jubb: Thursday 29 June 2017

Nicholas Hytner & Ellen McDougall: Friday 30 June 2017

Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Tickets: £10 – £25

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