The New Vic Theatre and Northern Broadsides co-produce an all-new production of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy – Much Ado About Nothing – to kick off the spring season at the theatre-in-the-round from Friday 8 February to Saturday 2 March.
Directed by Northern Broadsides’ Artistic Director Conrad Nelson (Anna of the Five Towns, New Vic Theatre; They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!, Northern Broadsides), the production transports the play to the end of World War II as returning soldiers swap the battlefields for a landscape of love, masked balls and merriment.
Filled with passion, humour and joy, the play follows the story of two sets of lovers, and their friends, as romance blossoms and jealous siblings plan destruction. Set against the backdrop of a ’40s setting, the play will feature original live music and lively characters, and will provide a joyous escape for audiences from the winter months.
A 15-strong cast will bring Shakespeare’s text to life. Richard J Fletcher (Oh! What A Lovely War, Oldham Coliseum) will play Don John; Rachel Hammond (Babe: The Sheep Pig) will play Ursula; Sophia Hatfield (The Wind In The Willows, New Vic Theatre) returns to the New Vic to play Margaret; Anthony Hunt (Hard Times, Northern Broadsides) will play Borachio; Linford Johnson (War Horse, National Theatre) will play one half of the young lovers, Claudio alongside Sarah Kameela Impey’s (The Tempest, RSC) Hero; James McClean (New Tricks, Octagon Theatre Bolton) will play Messenger; Isobel Middleton (The Archers, BBC Radio 4) will play Beatrice; David Nellist (The Pitmen Painters, New Vic Theatre) will play Dogberry; Heather Phoenix (,The Rivals, Theatre by the Lake) will play Conrade: Matt Rixon (The Ladykillers, New Vic Theatre; Around The World In 80 Days, New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange) will play Don Pedro; Robin Simpson (Beryl, Anna of the Five Towns, New Vic Theatre) takes on the role of Benedick; Simeon Truby (The Pitmen Painters, New Vic Theatre) will play Leonato; Robert Wade (Cyrano, New Vic Theatre and Northern Broadsides) will play Balthazar and Andrew Whitehead (An August Bank Holiday Lark, New Vic Theatre and Northern Broadsides) will play Antonio/Friar.
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