Antic Disposition presents: Much Ado About Nothing

London theatre news: Tuesday 1 May 2018

Shakespeare - Site specific - Tours

Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition are on tour this summer presenting Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in 7 of England's ancient cathedrals, and ending up at Gray's Inn Hall in London.
Much Ado About Nothing on tour and at Gray's Inn Hall

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Peter Brook Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition are heading-out on tour this summer, presenting Shakespeare's popular comedy Much Ado About Nothing in seven of England's ancient cathedrals, including ...

Ely, Gloucester, Peterborough, Ripon and Wakefield, as well as Southwell and Beverley Minsters.

The tour will end-up with a spell in the capital at the historic Gray's Inn Hall - one of a handful of original Shakespearean venues, and which hosted the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors in 1594.

Performed by a company of actors and musicians from both sides of the Channel, audiences will be introduced to a cast of vibrant and eccentric characters as the peaceful village square of Messina becomes the battlefield for the 'merry war' between Beatrice and Benedick, whose love-hate relationship lies at the comic heart of the play.

For its London run at Gray's Inn Hall, the sixteenth-century wood-panelled venue will be transformed into a French village square, including pétanque court, local bar, and the opportunity to watch the story unfold from on-stage café tables complete with (questionable) waiter service.

Talking about their production, directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero comment ...

"One of the many joys of our recent production of Henry V was working with the supremely talented dual-nationality cast of British and French actors.

It was an incredibly rewarding process and we all learnt so much from the experience.

We are very excited to be approaching our new production of one of Shakespeare's sunniest comedies in the same spirit of Anglo-French collaboration."

About the company

Founded by director Ben Horslen and director/designer John Risebero, Antic Disposition is best known for presenting innovative and visually striking productions of classic plays and stories in spectacular historic buildings.

Recent productions include The Comedy of Errors in Gray's Inn Hall; Richard III and Romeo and Juliet in Temple Church; A Christmas Carol in Middle Temple Hall; and Henry V, which recently toured many of the UK's finest cathedrals marking the centenary of the First World War and Shakespeare400.

Tour dates

9th - 10th July

Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire - 7.30pm - £20-£35 (Under 26s £10 off)

11th July

Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire - 7.30pm - £20-£35 (Under 26s £10 off)

13th - 14th July

Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire - 7.30pm - £20-£35 (Under 26s £10 off)

16th - 17th July

Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire - 7.30pm - £20-£30 (Under 26s £10 off)

19th July

Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire - 7.30pm - £20-£30 (Under 26s £10 off)

20th - 21st July

Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire - 7.30pm - £20-£30 (Under 26s £10 off)

23rd - 24th July

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire - 7.30pm - £20-£35 (Under 26s £10 off)

17th August - 1st September

Gray's Inn Hall, London WC1R 5ET - Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm; Saturday matinees 3pm - £30-£45 (Under 26s £10 off)

Show listing information


Set in a sun-drenched French village celebrating the new peace of 1945, Antic Disposition's Much Ado About Nothing draws its inspiration from the beloved films of French comic genius Jacques Tati (Jour de fête; Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot; Mon Oncle).

Combining the verbal fireworks of Shakespeare's wittiest play with sharp physical comedy, this production is set to a score of live music and songs of the period.


Leonato, Governor of Messina - Chris Hespel

Hero, Leonato's daughter - Floriane Andersen

Béatrice, Leonato's niece - Chiraz Aïch

Margaret, a maid attending on Hero - Molly Miles

Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon - Theo Landey

Don John, his bastard brother - Alfie Webster

Benedick, an officer - Nicholas Osmond

Claudio, an officer - Alexander Varey

Borachio, a soldier - Tommy Burgess

Dogberry, Constable of the Watch - Louis Bernard

Verges, his deputy - Scott Brooks

Pierre - Nicholas Osmond

Georges - Alfie Webster

Hugues - Theo Landey

Friar Francis - Louis Bernard

Sexton - Alfie Webster


Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Nick Barstow
Director: Ben Horslen and John Risebero
Designer: John Risebero
Musical direction: Nick Barstow
Choreography: Lucie Pankhurst
Lighting: Lizzy Gunby
Production: Antic Disposition


Gray's Inn Hall
Gray's Inn


From: Friday 17 August 2018

Closed: Saturday 1 September 2018


Standard: £30-£45

Concessions: (Under 26s £10 off)

Links for this news item

Show website
ActDrop full listing for Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing - Wikipedia

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