Back in 2011 audiences flocked to the Wyndham’s Theatre to witness two well known names from the world of film – James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave - side by side in the stage version of Driving Miss Daisy. Now the two actors re-team to bring Shakespeare’s classic story of a meddlesome Prince and four lovers to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre as Mark Rylance directs them in Much Ado About Nothing.
Appearing as part of a season that includes shows such as The Winslow Boy from March to May and Sweet Bird Of Youth from June to August, Much Ado About Nothing rounds up an impressive season for the Old Vic Theatre in September, which sees an array of well known names work together to bring compelling pieces of work in front of London theatre audiences in 2013.
In Much Ado About Nothing we are introduced to two couples in the forms of Claudio & Hero and Beatrice & Benedick. The former are about to be married but a troublesome Prince looks set to put a stop to it whilst the latter – portrayed by Redgrave and Jones – feel that marriage is out of the question for them. However, the Prince has plans for them as well.
The comedy originates from the latter days of the 16th century and made its appearance in printed form in the First Folio of 1623. In the centuries since its arrival it has been welcomed into theatres around the world, with noted performances with well known actors recorded from the 18th century right up to modern performances such as the one staged at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2011 with David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
This production is certain to stand out thanks not only to its cast but also to its director Mark Rylance. He is well known around the capital for his acting work, which has seen him earn great praise for roles in critical masterpieces such as Jerusalem or the more recent Richard III, both of which appeared in separate seasons at the Apollo Theatre. He was also the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a decade until 2005.
Much Ado About Nothing begins its run at the Old Vic Theatre in London on Thursday 19th September 2013, with previews from Saturday 7th September 2013.
|Booking From:||Friday, 29th November 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 30th November 2013|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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