“Much Ado About Nothing” – New Vic Theatre
“Much Ado About Nothing” – William Shakespeare
Produced by the New Vic Theatre and Northern Broadsides
“Much Ado About Nothing” co-produced by the New Vic and Northern Broadsides is a most entertaining and very refreshing interpretation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
Instead of sixteenth century Messina, the New Vic setting was post World War II complete with soldiers, land girls and a 1940’s vibe. Inspirational!!
A simple story of love for two very different couples – Claudio (Linford Johnson) falls instantly in love with Hero, (Sarah Kameela Impey) and whilst Benedick (Robin Simpson) and Beatrice (Isobel Middleton) approach things a little differently, taunting and mocking each other- it is still obviously love!!
But this ‘simple’ love story has twists and turns, trickery, duplicity, treachery, manipulation, lies and deception – I could go on…… suffice to say, that good eventually prevails and true love conquers all!
There is a lot of drama, but also much humour and laughter, usually involving Benedick – superbly played by Robin Simpson.
Once again, an extremely talented cast, all totally credible in their parts, plus as we have come to expect from the New Vic, all have impressive musical and dance abilities as well!
I imagine that William Shakespeare would be more than satisfied with this delightful adaption of one of his greatest romantic comedies, directed by Northern Broadside’s Artistic Director, Conrad Nelson.
“Much Ado About Nothing” runs until 2nd March 2nd 2019 at the New Vic. I highly recommend this play – such creative productions make Shakespeare, which can sometimes be a little daunting, more accessible to everyone.
All Photographs courtesy of Nobby Clark