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Burnt Out Theatre returns to Russell Square with Much Ado About Nothing

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013, Burnt Out Theatre is returning to London’s Russell Square with an open-air production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Part of the RADA Festival 2014, it will be performed, complete with a swing band, at 1.30pm and 6pm on Saturday, July 12.

This 1920’s adaptation will invite audiences to picnic with the ‘bright young things’ of Duke Leonato’s Court, flappers accompanied by original music by upcoming composer James Reynolds.

Burnt Out Theatre is a young Surrey-based company specialising in creating vibrant open-air Shakespeare productions whilst raising money for charities. In 2014, the company will be fundraising for Disability Challengers and the MS Society.

Having performed at the RADA Festival in 2013, the prestigious drama school described the event as “A magical journey through Russell Square”, and Brigid Panet, an acting teaching at RADA, said “The show has energy, pace, warmth…audiences will love every minute”.

The show was also reviewed by the BBC’s Radio Times, describing it as “Truly magical” and Roger Pringle, former Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, described the production as “Enchanting”.

Tickets: £5 (free for under 18s). To book, visit

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