Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of new beginnings
Escape to the Italian Riviera with a cast including Katherine Parkinson (Home, I’m Darling, The IT Crowd), John Heffernan (Dracula, She Stoops to Conquer) and a live swing band.
Simon Godwin (Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra) directs William Shakespeare’s battle of the wits.
Much Ado About Nothing runs until 10 September 2022 in the Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre London.
What is Much Ado About Nothing about?
Since the 1930s, the legendary family-run Hotel Messina has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty.
When the current owner’s daughter falls for a dashing young soldier, the hallways are ringing with the sound of wedding bells.
However, not all the guests are in the mood for love, and a string of deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the steadfastly single Beatrice and Benedick.
Directed by Simon Godwin with set design by Anna Fleischle, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Lucy Carter, movement direction by Coral Messam, sound design by Christopher Shutt, music composed by Michael Bruce, fight direction by Kate Waters, music direction by Dario Rossetti-Bonell.
Who is in the cast of Much Ado About Nothing?
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) and John Heffernan (Dickensian, The Crown, Becoming Elizabeth) star as Beatrice and Benedick.
Celeste Dodwell, Eben Figueiredo, Olivia Forrest, David Fynn, Ashley Gillard, Brandon Grace, Nick Harris, Phoebe Horn, David Judge, Kiren Kebaili-Dwyer, Ioanna Kimbook, Wendy Kweh, Marcia Lecky, Ewan Miller, Mateo Oxley, Katherine Parkinson, Rufus Wright and Ashley Zhangazha complete the cast.
Reviews of Much Ado About Nothing - National Theatre★★★★ "Crucially, it’s a hoot" - Time Out
★★★★ "An exercise in unabashed slapstick." - The Times
★★★★ "The emotional heft of an earthquake" -The Telegraph
Access PerformancesCaptioned performance Saturday 30 July at 7.30pm Thursday 1 September at 7.30pm Audio-described performances Saturday 10 August at 2.15pm with a Touch Tour at 12.45pm Saturday 27 August at 2.15pm with a Touch Tour at 12.45pm Relaxed Environment performance Monday 22 August at 7.30pm Smart caption glasses Available for performances from Tuesday 26 July
Venue InformationNational Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
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