This summer, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, in seven of England’s most beautiful cathedrals as part of its UK Cathedral Tour from 9th to 24th July, 2018.
Following the tour, the production will play a two-week run at London’s historic Gray’s Inn Hall – one of the few remaining original Shakespearean venues – which hosted the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors in 1594.
For just fifteen performances, the beautiful, sixteenth-century wood-panelled hall will be transformed into a French village square including pétanque court, local bar, and the opportunity to watch the story unfold from on-stage café tables complete with questionable waiter service.
Set in a sun-drenched French village celebrating the new peace of 1945, Antic Disposition‘s Much Ado About Nothing introduces us to a cast of vibrant and eccentric characters, as the quiet village square turns battlefield for the ‘merry war’ between sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick.
Performed by a talented company of actors and musicians drawn from both sides of the Channel, the production draws its inspiration from the films of cinematic icon, Jacques Tati, combining the verbal fireworks of Shakespeare’s play with hilarious physical comedy and a score of exuberant live music and songs.
Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero comment:
“One of the many joys of our recent production of Henry V was working with the supremely talented dual-nationality cast of British and French actors. It was an incredibly rewarding process and we all learnt so much from theexperience. We are very excited to be approaching our new production of one of Shakespeare’ssunniest comedies in the same spirit of Anglo-French collaboration.”
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