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What's it all about?

Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing, here updated from its traditional 16th century Sicilian setting to England in the 1940s.

The acting legends recently went head-to-head in a successful Broadway and West End run of Driving Miss Daisy. Here, the 76 and 82 year-old performers reunite to play reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick - roles that were, of course, written for much younger people. Their casting gives the play a completely new dimension.

What's the story?

Shakespeare's immortal comedy of romance, manners and misunderstandings is here transposed to 1940s England from its traditional setting in 16th century Sicily. It's the tale of two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero.

Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a 'merry war'; they talk a mile a minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are a sweet young couple rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.

Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, while Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. 

Who's in it?

Since making her debut in a Peter Hall production of A Midsummer's Night Dream in 1959, Vanessa Redgrave has cemented an international reputation as one of the pre-eminent actresses of her generation. 

Among her recent credits are her Drama Desk Award-winning performance as Joan Didion in one-woman Broadway show The Year of Magical Thinking, and a Tony Award-nominated turn in the title role of Driving Miss Daisy at New York's John Golden Theatre, and subsequently the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End.

In a career spanning more than fifty years, James Earl Jones has garnered acclaim as one of the greatest actors in American history. Since his Broadway debut in 1957 he has won numerous awards, including a Tony Award and Golden Globe Award for his role in The Great White Hope. He is also, unforgettably, the voice of Star Wars' nefarious Darth Vader, as well as having essayed countless other film, stage, and television roles.

Who is Much Ado About Nothing suitable for?

From script to director to cast, this production represents the very acme of what legitimate theatre has to offer. If you like theatre even slightly, you owe it to yourself to see this play.

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TheatrePeople.com is your online box office for Much Ado About Nothing tickets, and your one-stop theatre ticket shop for the best seats in the West End. Count on us to provide great service and great discount deals on theatre tickets for all of the plays, comedies and musicals on the London stage. We hope your trip to Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic is a memorable one, and we look forward to welcoming you to Theatreland.


 

Why book with us?

TheatrePeople.com is your online box office for Much Ado About Nothing tickets, and your one-stop theatre ticket shop for the best seats in the West End. Count on us to provide great service and great discount deals on theatre tickets for all of the plays, comedies and musicals on the London stage. We hope your trip to Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic is a memorable one, and we look forward to welcoming you to Theatreland.

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The full cast and creative team of the RSC's new Indian-set production of Much Ado About Nothing, which will transfer from Stratford-upon-Avon's Courtyard Theatre to the Nöel Coward Theatre in September, has been announced.

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Paul Bhattacharjee has been cast as Benedick opposite Meera Syal’s Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, which opens in the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on 26 July before transferring to the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End in September.

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