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Much Ado About Nothing

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3.4/5 - based on 19 reviews
  • Starring: Mark Rylance
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About Much Ado About Nothing

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Mark Rylance

Much Ado About Nothing description

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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Much Ado About Nothing reviews

3.4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (21%)
Families (21%)
Teenagers (32%)
Couples (32%)
Theatregoers (68%)
Latest customer reviews

Lacked vitality - diction poor

Reviewed on 01 December 2013 by

Huge disappointment

Not only was Vanessa Redgrave replaced by her stand-in but the whole wit of the play was stripped out by amendments to the original script. James Earl Jones mumbled along and lacked to give his roles any character at all. The remaining acting was mediocre. The transfer from Messina to England in 1944 with American GIs did not add anything but stripped the play off its wit by all the GIs speaking with American accents. Overall a huge disappointment.

Reviewed on 20 November 2013 by

missing actress " Redgrave"

where was Vanessa Redgrave? We travelled from Spain to see this show and one of the lead actors was a no show, quite disappointing

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by


If you wish to see several iconic actors then you won't be disappointed. If you want to see an enthraling Shakespeare production you will leave down hearted. It was very difficult to actually hear any of the actors lines and the whole performance was extremely turgid. Hardly anyone actually moved except for Hero's father, during a passionate speech. There wasn't one moment I felt drawn into their world. Don't bother seeing this play unless you want to see the stars on stage.

Reviewed on 28 October 2013 by


Excellent B&B banter, setting, story and direction. Just about everyone within earshot noted at half-time that (row R, stalls) they were having trouble hearing all the words: a combination of speed of delivery, accents, enunciation (and the usual "takes 5 mins for ones ears and brain to adjust to Shakespearean English). I thoroughly enjoyed it though.

Reviewed on 23 October 2013 by

Smoking Scenes should be forbiden on the stage, specacially because many teenagers are in the audience and also because it doesn't enhance the play.

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by

Smoking Scenes

Reviewed on 18 October 2013 by

Much ado about nothing

Show was better than expected after bad reviews. Didn't think older actors worked with everyone else age appropriate

Reviewed on 16 October 2013 by

Oh Dear

This is one of he greatest comedies ever written nd has wo great leads but it has no sense of comedy and a dreadful production by Mark Rylance who has ignored the verse, any sense of stging and managed to ask the actors to ignore the verse. The set is dreadful and not fit for purpose and there are no lighting chnges other than on and off. Other than that ....

Reviewed on 09 October 2013 by

Surprisingly good

Surprisingly good after all the negtive comments in the recent press.

Reviewed on 24 September 2013 by


Reviewed on 15 September 2013 by

Revisiting Much Ado

The acting was superb on the part of the entire cast with outstanding performances - Tim Barlow and Peter Wright were a delight - and it was an enormous pleasure to watch Vanessa Redgrave so much at ease on stage and so convincing, indeed moving, as a beautiful, older Beatrice. I was, however, most unsure of the 1944 setting which I did not feel added anything new to the play as a whole. The set and costumes felt drab and although I felt happy and had had a lot of fun a more lavish and prettier set, with more of a carnival feel, would have added to this theatre-goer's pleasure.

Reviewed on 15 September 2013 by