Set in the dusty heat of Civil War Spain, Immersion Theatre and The Courtyard Theatre present a dark, passionate and exciting production of Much Ado About Nothing.
The Republican soldiers arrive at Leonato's homestead fresh from war expecting food, board, entertainment and romance to celebrate their victorious campaign. Their appearance, however, sends the lives of Beatrice, Hero, Leonato and his entire household into a world of disarray. The fight for the country is nearly over, but the battle of the sexes is only just beginning. Just how far will people go to get what they want?
Family loyalties, rising passions, romantic subterfuge and razor-sharp wit combine to create a truly unique, visceral production.
When: August 2nd-28th, 2011
Where: The Courtyard Theatre
Tickets: £15, £12 Conc.
"How refreshing to see Shakespeare on the fringe done well" -Remotegoat ****
Director- Charley Ive
Co-Director- Rupert Holloway
Producers- James Tobias & Rachel Cartlidge
Lighting Designer- Viktor Palfri
Set Designer- David Poole
Musical Composer- Darren Clark
Make up/Lighting-Rachel York
"..an energetic cast surpass expectations and soldier on to perform one of the better pieces of theatre I have seen on the fringe circuit."-Remotegoat ****
"Graham Newmarch’s Benedick...arrives as a soldier of the Spanish Civil War, cocksure, with a slick ability to undermine everyone around him, and charged with a brilliant caustic wit..." -The Stage
Leonato - Thomas Blyth, Borachio - Oliver Callaway, Ursula / Friar - Sarah Cherkowey, Claudio - James Clifford, Conrade / Verges- Amy Cordell-Edwards, Margaret - Jasmine Desmond, Don Pedro - Samuel John, Hero - Jess Mack, Benedick - Graham Newmarch, Beatrice - Rochelle Parry, Don John / Dogberry - Ryan Wichert, Antonia - Alison Young
"Sam John as Don Pedro, like Newmarch, has that wonderful giddy comedy in his eyes and Ryan Wichert brings up the rear with a well-timed slapstick buffoon of a Dogberry"-The Stage
"There are many stand-out performances in this production...Parry (Beatrice) is full of energy from the off and brings charm and likeability to the role; it was easy to see why Benedick would marry her after having "railed against love" for so long...Jess Mack and James Clifford excel in their interpretations of a resilient yet tragic Hero and a dark and utterly dislikeable Claudio...Gripping performances from both" -Remotegoat ****