William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
Having seen many of Shakespeare’s play performed elsewhere, this new production of Much Ado About Nothing is well worth seeing.
There are few theatres in the UK that can offer audiences such an immersive experience and Royal Exchanges performance space really lends itself to such. One of the other theatres is the Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
The plays production has been created make use of the staging freedom building your engagement with the characters and story line.
The play is delivered in the original text but its costume, and therefore feel, is styled akin to 1940 or 50's fashion. In fact the uniforms worn by the soldiers are a mixture of 2nd World War American and British field uniforms.
There is much to enjoy in this classic story bickering opponents, cunning plots, misdirection and underhanded tricks to mention just a few.
Highlights certainly include the celebration or party which includes a version of Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love'.
You will find both Ellie Percy and Paul Ready, respectively playing Beatrice and Benedick, to be engaging and fun in their deliveries of these key characters.
For Shameless fan look out for Gerard Kearns who plays an excellent Count Claudio.
It runs at the Royal Exchange theatre until 3rd May.
You can buy your tickets here.