Much Ado About Nothing


Don Pedro is victorious. Having won a turf war down in the city, the Mafia overlord and his entourage take over the luxury spa hotel Messina in order to hide-out, party and recover deep in the Sicilian hills.


Overview


Genre: Shakespeare - comedy
Venue: Rose Theatre Kingston
Started: Friday 13 April 2018
Closed: Sunday 6 May 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

Background


A Rose co-production with Granville & Parham Productions and antic | face, starring actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc.


The play marks the Rose's 10th anniversary and reunites Mel Giedroyc with director Simon Dormandy after they worked together in the UK première of Luce by JC Lee which played to full houses and great reviews at Southwark Playhouse in spring 2016.


Not only a household name for her television presenting and comedy work, Mel is an outstandingly subtle, powerful actor, as well as a very funny one, and we're sure, an unforgettable Beatrice.


Synopsis


Don Pedro is victorious.


Having won a turf war down in the city, the Mafia overlord and his entourage take over the luxury spa hotel Messina in order to hide-out, party and recover deep in the Sicilian hills.


As hotel owner Leonato fawns over his clan boss, his beautiful daughter Hero wins the heart of Claudio, the Don's young protégé.


Meanwhile the no-nonsense, customer experience manager Beatrice (Mel Giedroyc) has unfinished business to attend to with Benedick, Pedro's commitment-phobic consigliere.


But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn.


Beneath its witty surface, Much Ado About Nothing is a powerful exploration of the struggle for love, identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world - as relevant today as ever before.


The production will use Shakespeare's original language in a sharp contemporary setting that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy amid the furnishings of a spa hotel but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece.


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Theatre


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24-26 High Street
Kingston KT1 1HL

Box office tel: 020 8174 0090

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Dates


Previews from:Friday 13 April 2018

Press night:Wednesday 18 April 2018

Closes:Sunday 6 May 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm (16 Apr)

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm (7pm 18 April)

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Thursday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm


Tickets


Previews:
£40, £32, £22, £12

Standard:
£45, £37, £27, £17

Concessions:

£40, £32, £22, £12


£8 Under 26 (Limited)


Cast


Peter Bray - Don John / House Clerk

Sam Dastor - Antonio / Verges

Mel Giedroyc - Beatrice

Peter Guinness - Don Pedro

Victoria Hamnett - Margaret / Watchman

John Hopkins - Benedick

Kate Lamb - Hero

Calam Lynch - Claudio

Caolan McCarthy - Conrad / Friar

Nicholas Prasad - Borachio (Saxophone)

David Rintoul - Leonato

Katherine Toy - Ursula / Hugh Oatcake (accordian and piano)

Stewart Wright - Dogberry

Silas Wyatt-Barke - Balthazar / George Seacole (guitar)


Creatives


Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Simond Dormandy
Designer: Naomi Dawson
Lighting: Paul Pryant
Production: Rose Theatre Kingston, Granville & Parham Productions and antic | face

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