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Shit-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing - rehearsal images released

Much Ado @ Rah Petherbridge Photography

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMAGES have been released of the cast rehearsing Shit-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Magnificent Bastard Productions is presenting Shit-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing at Leicester Square Theatre – from April 11 to September 16, 2017.

Much Ado About Nothing is possibly Shakespeare’s most well loved romantic comedy, filled with mistaken identities, petty arguments and put-downs, and the course of love not running smoothly (not least of all because friends keep interfering).

Sounds like a Friday night in any British boozer. But what if Hero decides she really would rather marry the chap in the second row, or if Benedick can’t stand up?

Each performance has a cast of seven actors, who all arrive four hours before the start of the show for a ‘party’ – however this party is dry for all but one performer, who gets Shit-faced. The rest is a balancing act between the (trimmed down to an hour) Shakespeare script and improv rules, which state you must go with WHATEVER the drunk actor decides to do.

Every single show is a one-off. Every single performance has a different drunk actor. Every single time they are genuinely inebriated.

Formed in 2010 by a group of East15 graduates (largely), Magnificent Bastard Productions were just friends who loved creating unexpected and unpredictable theatre at music festivals such as Secret Garden Party. Shit-faced now performs across the UK and USA in Boston, Atlanta, Austin and Minnesota. They sell-out at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes annually, and in 2015 expanded into Shit-faced Showtime, a p***ed-up hour of harmonious Broadway showtunes.

This summer they return to the Leicester Square theatre for five months, their longest stint yet, with the London premier of Shit-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing.

Stacey Norris directs a cast that includes Beth-Louise Priestley, Jack Bence, James Murfitt, John Mitton, Louise Lee, Rob Smythson, Ruth Williams, Saul Marron, Stacey Norris, Victoria Fitz-Gerald (seven actors perform each night on a rotational basis).

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing is written by William Shakespeare and Lewis Ironside, who said: “It’s a handy outlet for mucking-about, showing-off and practicing the noble art of fancy dress. Unlike other troupes of thespian types we Magnificent Bastards differ in our utter contempt for restraint, orthodoxy, tedium, moderation and sobriety.”

Tickets: £21.50 – £19.50. To book, call the box office on 020 7734 2222 or visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm (occasionally 9.30pm – please see website for details).