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Enjoy a flight of the finest Shakespearian fancy as Hero and Claudio, Benedick and Beatrice take the stage courtesy of the splendidly talented Mark Rylance, directing James Earl Jones and the legendary Vanessa Redgrave in one of the bard’s best-loved plays. It’s Much Ado About Nothing and this, the latest version, takes the stage from September 2013.
Starring: Meera Syal
Tickets from £29.00
Much Ado About Nothing – Witty, argumentative and great fun!
In a real Shakespearian soap opera, the young lovers Hero and Claudio conspire to force the dedicated singles Benedick and Beatrice to acknowledge their real feelings and get married. At the same time others are conspiring to break Hero and Claudio up and ruin their romance. Will they wed? Or will two potentially beautiful love affairs end in tears?
Much Ado About Nothing - The story
The scene? Messina, on the Italian island of Sicily, at the palace of the Governor, Leonato. Leonato’s sweet daughter Hero has fallen truly, madly and deeply in love with the soldier Claudio, and her feelings are reciprocated by the shy young man. Beatrice, Leonato’s other daughter, is older, wiser and more cynical and despite her blossoming feelings for Benedick, another soldier and war hero, she refuses to admit to being in love.
Enter the villain Don John, who is jealous of Claudio’s heroism and spends much of the play doing his best to ruin his relationship with the lovely Hero. Benedick and Beatrice don’t need Don John’s help – they are busy ruining their own relationship with endless quarrelling, arguing and back-biting.
Claudio rejects Hero at the altar, accusing her of being unchaste. The awful Don Pedro supports Claudio. Benedick, who was the most cynical early on, takes the side of Hero and his future wife Beatrice. Benedick challenges Claudio to a duel for slandering Hero. Leonato lies in public, stating that the lovely Hero has actually died of grief over the false accusations.
As the rumours, fibs, lies and exaggerations fly, Hero’s innocence is brought to light by the ridiculous and unlikely hero of the play, Dogberry. The prickly Benedick and Beatrice end up falling deeply in love and the younger couple also stays together despite everyone’s efforts. Against all the odds, both couples end up happily married.
If it sounds wonderfully chaotic and silly, that’s because it is! Shakespeare outdoes himself in this play, putting the hapless Dogberry in the position of hero as he unwittingly discovers Don John’s machinations and ends up saving the day. Like all Shakespeare’s plays the language is rich and full of flavour, much easier to understand live on stage than in a dry book, hugely entertaining and a great introduction to Britain’s best-loved fifteenth century superhero of a playwright.
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Entertaining, but a pretty poor rendition.
Shakespeare meets Bollywood. Fun, yes, but: The key Beatrice and Benedict scenes were pretty poor. The equally important Dogberry episodes were also very weak. Great idea, poor realisation.
fab show with a different take!
I went to this show with my 9 year old daughter for her first Shakespere experience. She missed slot of the plot, but really enjoyed the play. The humour comes through really well especially from Meera Syal. The dancing and music worked also. Thoroughly enjoyed the show.
A lost opportunity
A brilliant idea to do this play in an Indian setting, and some of the effects, eg musical, excellent; but not suffiiciently worked through, and not very well acted for the RSC., especially the articulation. Good Benedict.
much ado about something!
An inspired choice of setting for the play. It works so well in an Indian context.
CGKCG at Much Ado
We are huge theatre goers to RSC productions so we are rather spoiled to what to expect which is usually, expect the unexpected (e.g. the mingling in the audience, the business and noise of India etc, the wedding scene) and this certainly met that criteria. The language came alive and the acting, again as you might expect was of a very high standard. Meera Syal was magnificent. Loved her versitality in both singing and dancing.The only downside for us was that you could not really feel much chemistry between Beatrice ad Benedict and also the poor voice of Leonardo. He was obviously struggling but his acting was excellent. I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
Shakespeare enjoyable for all
Funny, witty it should appeal to all ( even if your not into Shakespeare! Beautifully, eloquent and superbly acted by all. Wonderful theatre experience.
absolutely the best Shakespear I have ever ever been to...It is a must see the entire cast is spectacular and the play translates very very well to the Bollywood format...YOU HAVE TO SEE IT...FANTASTIC
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