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.
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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Kingston KT1 1HL
Performance days & times
Monday ‑ 7‑30pm (16 Apr)
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm (7pm 18 April)
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday - 2-30pm
Saturday - 2-30pm
£40, £32, £22, £12
£8 Under 26 (Limited)
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)
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Simond Dormandy
Designer: Naomi Dawson
Lighting: Paul Pryant
Production: Rose Theatre Kingston, Granville & Parham Productions and antic | face