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Much Ado About Nothing - Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MUCH Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, chronicling the rough, heady and irresistible malady of falling in love, runs at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre from Tuesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Young and impassioned Claudio, fresh from the wars, has fallen in love with Hero, the beautiful daughter of the Duke. While the two hastily plan their nuptials, a seething malevolence lurks in the shadows, one that threatens to turn their hope and happiness to ashes.

Meanwhile, militant singletons Beatrice and Benedick wage their ‘merry war’ with each other, determined to never marry, much less each other – preferring instead to scorn love and every fool found under its spell. Their friends however, fall upon a cunning scheme to bring their hearts and wits forever together – as long as they don’t kill each other first.

Described as hilarious, gripping and vibrant, this 450th birthday celebration production features two of the Bard’s most beloved of unwilling lovers, and promises to be a spectacular feast of romance, redemption and revelry.

The cast includes Christopher Neels (as Benedick), Hannah Ellis (Beatrice), Ben Bradford (Don Pedro), Ben Kerfoot (Claudio), Remy Moynes (Hero), Barry Clarke (Leonato), Darren Benedict (Conrade), Chrissy Kett (Dogberry/Friar Francis) and Laura Cooper (Verges/Margaret).

Produced by Simon James Collier, Much Ado About Nothing is adapted and directed by Ross McGregor, with movement direction by Will Pinchin, dance choreography by Omar Okai, lighting design by Rory Fairbairn and costume design by Joginder Bhardwaj. Assistant director is Kayleigh Hawkins.

Tickets: £19 (Adults)/£15 (Concessions) – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or from Ticketweb.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Saturday matinee at 3.45pm.

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