Presented by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

12th November to 23rd November . 7:30pm, 2.30pm Thursday and Saturday .
£12.50 - £27 full price, £10 - £24.50 concessions

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) return to Wilton’s Music Hall during their 20th anniversary after their celebrated Othello co-production with English Touring Theatre. Elizabeth Freestone directs Shakespeare’s comedy about the precarious path to finding love following her acclaimed Henry V for stf last year.

Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

Home from war, a group of soldiers attempt to put their fighting days behind them. But adjusting to civilian life isn’t easy, especially when love is thrown into the mix. How do you let go of your demons? How do you learn to be your real self again? And what does that mean for the friendships that helped you survive?

Much Ado About Nothing
is an examination of the lies we tell each other and ourselves. Shakespeare’s play is a riotous story of trickery and pretence: both the innocent playful kind that might help two people find each other; as well as the darkly treacherous kind that might have terrible consequences.

With a vivid array of characters Much Ado About Nothing is a tumultuous and unpredictable play about finding yourself and your happiness.

Alice Barclay: Ursula 
Dorothea Myer-Bennett: Beatrice 
Christopher Bianchi: Leonato
Hannah Bristow: Hero/Verges
Georgia Frost: Don Jon/ Sexton
Bethan Mary-James: Margaret
Geoffrey Lumb: Benedick
Imran Momen: Claudio/Oatcake
Louise Mai Newberry: Dogberry
Zachary Powell: Don Pedro/ Seacole
Alex Wilson: Borachio/ Friar

Creative team:
Elizabeth Freestone: Director
Jean Chan: Designer
Chris Warner: Composer and Sound Designer
Nic Farman: Lighting Designer
Maria Clarke: Movement Director
Nic Prior: Production Manager

Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Tickets for schools available for £17.50, with one free teacher ticket for every 10 students. To book please email info@wiltons.org.uk or call 020 7702 2789 (Mon – Fri, 11am – 6pm).

Image Design: by FutureKings. Made with Unsplash
Production images: Mark Douet

They like it

  • Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy charms the audience

    ****. WhatsOnStage

  • A complexly rendered, wholly charismatic performance

    ****. The Stage

  • It makes you laugh, it melts your heart... Freestone and her cast take this ever-strange mix of comedy and pain, emotional jousting and emotional torture, somewhere touching as well as teasing

    ****. The Times

  • Fresh, radical and quite hilarious

    ****. The Reviews Hub

  • Razor-sharp in delivery, this intelligent retelling is as joyously entertaining as it is thought-provoking

    ****. TheSpyInTheStalls.com

  • Truly believable characters that are able to leave us in awe at the magical power of the language

    ***** Stage Talk Magazine

  • This dynamic yet thoughtful and nuanced interpretation treads the fine line between comedy and tragedy with consummate ease

    British Theatre Guide

  • An incredible performance

    ****. London Theatre Reviews

  • Geoffrey Lumb’s Benedick is outstanding

    ****. Daily Mail

  • If you are new to Much Ado about Nothing this is an accessible, open-hearted production full of rewards. If you are a more knowledgeable fan it will make you laugh anew. This is all thanks to the cast and creative team who tell their tale simply, yet skil

    ****. Everything Theatre

  • Playful and inventive

    The Observer

  • 'A seamless blend of the vibrant modern with the poetic old'

    ****. A Younger Theatre

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