Much Ado About Not(h)ing


Joan Don and her half-brother, Pedro Don, have just returned from an eight month deployment in Afghanistan. Ancient grudge has broken to new mutiny upon the recent death of their father, from whom Joan has been estranged since childhood.
Much Ado About Not(h)ing at the Cockpit Theatre

Image courtesy Adaptivity Theatre Company


Overview


Genre: Shakespeare - comedy
Venue: Cockpit Theatre
Started: Thursday 20 June 2019
Closed: Saturday 22 June 2019
Running time:1 hr 35 mins
Age suitability: 10+

Background


Director's note:


"This production of Much Ado About Not(h)ing is of an experimental nature, one of which I hope Shakespeare himself would approve.


For several years, I have been struck by the connections I see between the turmoil caused by the events of this play and the evolution of social media.


The more I view this play through a contemporary lens, the more I believe the main theme of this play to be inspired by one alternative title of this play: Much Ado About Noting.


This performance explores what we, as a 21st century society, take most note of: the people and events that occur around us in the 'mortal world', or the 'digital world' that we access through our computer screens or mobile phones."


Synopsis


Joan Don and her half-brother, Pedro Don, have just returned from an eight month deployment in Afghanistan.


Ancient grudge has broken to new mutiny upon the recent death of their father, from whom Joan has been estranged since childhood.


Pedro attempts to build a relationship with Joan by inviting her and his band of brothers from his platoon, Claudio and Benedick, to a party thrown by his godfather, Leonato, along with his daughter Hero, niece Beatrice and sister Ursula.


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Theatre


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Gateforth Street
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London NW8 8EH

Box office tel: 0207 258 2925

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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 20 June 2019

Press night:Thursday 20 June 2019

Closes:Saturday 22 June 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Thursday ‑ 8‑00pm

Friday ‑ 8‑00pm

Saturday ‑ 8‑00pm


Matinee:
-

Tickets


Standard:
£15

Concessions:
£12

Access information


Wheelchair access available.

Cast


Joan Nicola Don - Joanna Clarke

Pedro Charles Don - Oliver Franks

Benedick Howland - Gunnar DeYoung

Claudio Parr - Nathan Dale

Leonato Elliott - Drew Paterson 

Ursula Levinson - Kate Brown

Beatrice Taylor - Tamsin Lynes

Hero Elliott-Campbell - Robyn Caldwell

Sean Levinson - Leroy McGillan

Borachio Moss - Keanan Cantrell

Margaret Jeffery - Nini Ugulava


Creatives


Author: William Shakespeare, adapted by Kelly Wilson
Composer: Alex Loveless, Scott Howland
Director: Kelly Wilson
Choreography: Darren Royston
Lighting: Lily Willden
Sound: Lily Willden
Projections: Liz Leemann
Production: Adaptivity Theatre Company

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