About Much Ado About Nothing - National Theatre

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London
Booking to 10 September 2022
No longer booking

Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of new beginnings

Escape to the Italian Riviera with a cast including Katherine Parkinson (Home, I’m DarlingThe IT Crowd), John Heffernan (DraculaShe Stoops to Conquer) and a live swing band. Simon Godwin (Twelfth NightAntony 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.

Creative team

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.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 10 September 2022
Age restrictions
14+ This production contains minor intimations of violence.
Running time
2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


★★★★ "Crucially, it’s a hoot" - Time Out
★★★★ "An exercise in unabashed slapstick." - The Times
★★★★ "The emotional heft of an earthquake" -The Telegraph

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Important Notes

Access Performances

Captioned performance

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

Venue Information

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

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