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Much Ado About Nothing - Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TRAFFIC of the Stage’s forthcoming touring production of Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, opens at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, where it runs from October 1 to October 12, 2013.

Harry Meacher directs a cast led by Judi Bowker as Beatrice, with himself as Benedick.

Set in 18th Century Spain with its colour, passion and energy, Traffic of the Stage’s lively production of this cautionary tale of love and self-deception, features sword-fights, flamenco dancing, romantic guitar music and cloak and dagger intrigue.

The cast also includes Alan Blyton (as Don Pedro), Georgio Galassi (Claudio), Bryan Hands (Friar Francis), Lydia Orange (Hero), Tim Thomas (Leonato), Tom Reah (Don John), Robin Jordan (Borachio), Raquel Moreno (Ursula) and Jonson Wilkinson (Dogberry).

Stage combat is arranged by Tom Jordan, Spanish dancing is choreographed by Raquel Moreno and guitar music is composed by Tim Thomas. Set design is by Bryan Hands, with lighting by Philip Jones and costume design by Andrew McRobb.

Tickets: Tuesday to Friday £12, £10 concessions; Saturday £16, £14 concessions; Sunday £14, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 020 8340 3488 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 4pm; Matinees (October 9 and 10) at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 2 hours (including interval).

Following the London dates, the production will tour to venues in Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Wiltshire, Bristol, Devon, Suffolk, Liverpool and Lancashire.