Eve Best and Charles Edwards as Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe

Acclaimed director Jeremy Herrin makes his directorial debut at the Globe this summer, with Shakespeare’s brightest and wittiest of comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. Olivier award-winning actress Eve Best and Charles Edwards take on Shakespeare’s sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, with Joseph Marcell as Leonato. Further casting includes Ewan Stewart as Don Pedro, Paul Hunter as Dogberry, Matthew Pidgeon as Don John and Joe Caffrey as Borachio. This will be the Globe’s longest running Shakespeare production of the summer, appearing between 21 May and 1 October 2011. Much Ado About Nothing is a masterful example of Shakespeare’s comic writing and dramatic suspense, including the much-loved chemistry and banter between Beatrice and Bendick, where words become wondrous weapons.

Jeremy Herrin is deputy artistic director at the Royal Court and during his time there has presented The Heretic, Kin, The Priory, That Face and Tusk Tusk, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Director Award. He has also directed The Family Reunion at the Donmar Warehouse and Statement of Regret at the National Theatre.

Eve Best is widely recognized for her role as Dr. Eleanor O’Hara in Nurse Jackie, on Showtime in the USA and BBC2, and as Wallis Simpson in The King’s Speech. Her theatre credits include The Homecoming (Broadway); A Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic, Broadway) and Hedda Gabler (Almeida Theatre), for which she received the Olivier Award for Best Actress. Charles Edwards recently appeared as Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Wonderlust (Royal Court), and he originated the role of Hannay in 39 Steps (Tricycle, Criterion and Broadway).

Joseph Marcell’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes Coriolanus and Under The Black Flag 2006. He is best known for his television roles including Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Ewan Stewart’s previous stage work includes Beautiful Burnout (Frantic Assembly/National Theatre of Scotland), and Major Barbara (National Theatre). His film credits include All Quiet on the Western Front and Titanic. M

The Globe’s 2011 theatre season is entitled The Word is God and celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and the power of language. Beginning on 17 April (Palm Sunday) with a cover-to-cover reading of the King James Bible, the season includes All’s Well That Ends Well, Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, a revival of Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton and two world premieres – The Globe Mysteries, a new version of the Medieval Mystery Cycle by Tony Harrison and The God of Soho by Chris Hannan. The theatre season is complemented by two small-scale tours of Hamlet and As You Like It. Tickets are available through the box office: 020 7401 9919 / 0871 297 0749 or online at www.shakespearesglobe.com.

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