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Much Ado About Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing

A Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch production

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Douglas Rintoul

Fri 4 - Sat 26 Mar

About The Show

Shakespeare’s riotous comedy - filled with mistaken identities misunderstandings and the wittiest lovers.


It’s the end of the Second World War and Leonato throws a party for the victorious Duke and his troops.

Claudio falls in love with Hero and Hero with Claudio, and nothing will keep them apart.

Meanwhile Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice loves Benedick, but nothing will bring them together. They just won’t admit it.. Only the devious scheming of a resentful prince forces Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice.

Filled with mistaken identities, deceptions and misunderstandings, Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare’s most riotous comedy, and Beatrice and Benedick are his wittiest lovers.

Set amid the jubilant celebrations of the end of the Second World War this production marks our new Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul’s debut at the Queen’s and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. 


 

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Dates

There are currently no performances scheduled.

Cast

Liam Bergin

Liam Bergin
Don John/Seacole

Jamie Bradley

Jamie Bradley
Messenger/ Friar/ Verges

Pascale Burgess

Pascale Burgess
Margaret/Dogberry

Nigel Hastings

Nigel Hastings
Don Pedro

Eliza Hunt

Eliza Hunt
Ursula

Amber James

Amber James
Hero/The Watch/Sexton

Mark Jax

Mark Jax
Leonato

Hattie Ladbury

Hattie Ladbury
Beatrice

Thomas Padden

Thomas Padden
Benedick

Sam Pay

Sam Pay
Borachio

James Siggens

James Siggens
Claudio

Production Pictures

Much Ado About Nothing

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Synopsis

Fresh from victory on the battlefield, the Prince
comes to Governor Leonato’s home, along with his
men and his bastard brother Don John, who recently
stood against him.
A big party is planned. Claudio, one of the Prince’s
men, falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. Claudio
confides in the Prince, who decides to woo Hero on
Claudio’s behalf. At the party, most believe the Prince is
wooing Hero for himself. Nevertheless the Prince wins
Hero for Claudio and their wedding is arranged.
Meanwhile Leonato’s niece Beatrice cannot stand the
sight of the Prince’s friend Benedick and the Prince
and his friends plan to trick the pair into falling in
love with each other.
With the help of the servant Borachio, the bastard
brother Don John plots to spoil Hero and Claudio’s
wedding. Together they convince the Prince and
Claudio that Hero has been unfaithful.
Don John’s servant is arrested and the plot is
discovered. Unfortunately this news is not passed on
in time and at the wedding Claudio denounces Hero as
unfaithful. Hero collapses and the Prince and his men
leave. With her reputation tarnished, Hero’s family is
persuaded to pretend that she is dead.
While all these events unfold, Beatrice and
Benedick become closer.
Later everyone discovers that Don John had tricked
them and that Hero is in fact completely innocent.
Still believing that Hero is dead, Claudio agrees to marry
a mysterious woman and to make a public speech
restoring Hero’s reputation…


Reviews

Four stars

- The Stage

Impressive comic timing.

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Slick reimagining of Shakespeare's romantic comedy

- Romford Recorder

The Queen’s Theatre’s new Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul begins his tenure with a slick reimagining of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.

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FIVE STARS

- The Reviews Hub

A big-hearted, accessible production of a favourite Shakespeare: straightforward enough to engage the newcomer, inventive enough to keep the Bard buff entertained.

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Catches the audience’s attention and affections

- Anneatthetheatre.co.uk

Expect a lot of new Shakespeare productions this year – it’s his quartercentenary. Hornchurch under its new artistic director Douglas Rintoul has been quick off the mark with what is my personal favourite of Shakespeare’s comedies – Much Ado About Nothing.

 

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Left me grinning from ear-to-ear

- Hornchurch Life

This production can be enjoyed by the whole family and will place a smile on your face.

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Creatives

Director Douglas Rintoul
Designer Jean Chan
Composer and Musical Director Julian Littman
Lighting Designer Matt Haskins
Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Choreographer Tim Jackson
Casting Advisor Matthew Dewsbury

Price Info

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Fri preview

Full Price  £17.50 |  £15 |  £12.50*

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Under 26s, students and children (under 18 and in full-time education): All tickets £9.50

Mon - Thu eves, Sat preview, matinees

Full Price  £24 |  £21 |  £17*

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Over 60s: £3.50 off all prices
Equity/BECTU/SDUK: £7 off all pices
Disability Living Allowance claimants: £3.50 off all prices
Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support claimants: £7 off all prices
Under 26s, students and children (under 18 and in full-time education):£7 off all prices
Groups of 8 or more: £4 off full price tickets

Fri & Sat eves

Full Price  £27 |  £24 |  £20*

No Concessions

 

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