5th to 29th April 2016 All Performances at 7.30pm (Sundays at 3.00pm Only) No Monday Performances
‘Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably’
To celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Wolf-Sister Productions brings to The Rose Playhouse one of his best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing.
June 1945. The war in Europe is over. Benedick and his younger friend Claudio have returned, eager to lose themselves in partying the summer away. But a very different kind of battle is brewing, and this time their foes are Beatrice and Hero. When it comes to affairs of the heart, our two soldiers are clueless, and victory is no longer assured.
This production examines the fragility of love, whether it be young love or an old flame. Can Claudio find happiness when his world has been ripped apart by war? Will Benedick and Beatrice ever stop fighting? And what happens when you are forced to choose between love and friendship?
The battle of the sexes is fought with words, not bullets, but can be just as brutal.
Running time will be around 90 minutes with no interval
CAST AND CREATIVES:
Alex Pearson and Genie Kaminski set up Wolf-Sister Productions in 2015 to produce vibrant, relevant productions of classical plays and generate opportunities for women to work in theatre on and off the stage.
Alex Pearson (Director), Evie Holdcroft (Costumes), David Palmer (Lighting), Yvonne Gilbert (Sound) and Marianne Stafford (Assistant Stage Manager).
Actors: Genie Kaminski (Hero/Conrade), Rhiannon Sommers (Beatrice and Watchman), Ian Hathway (Don Pedro and Watchman), Robert Hazle (Don John and Dogberry), Adam Elliott (Benedick), Clark Alexander (Claudio), Harry Boyd (Borachio/Priest and Messenger), Kit Smith (Leoanto), Annabel Nicholson-Green (Margaret and Verges)
The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.