Theatre company Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as the second production in their first resident season at spectacular former church St Stephen's, Hampstead.
The play is set in France, 1945. The war may be over, but the battle of the sexes has only just begun. As peace breaks out, dashing soldier Claudio is quick to propose to the beautiful Hero, but their celebrations are soon threatened by the scandalous rumours spread by the wicked Don John. Will confirmed singletons Beatrice and Benedick stop sniping at each other long enough to save the day and perhaps find love themselves?
The production will make full use of the awe-inspiring church space which has recently undergone a £4 million refurbishment, immersing the audience, many of whom will be seated at French-style cafe tables, in the action of the play.
Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero, designed by John Risebero, with lighting design by Howard Hudson and music by James Burrows. The cast includes Anouke Brook, Ashley Cook, Sophie Cosson, Robert French, Luke Harris, James Hutchinson, Bethany Minelle, James Pellow, Jonathan Pembroke and Damien Warren-Smith.
Following its London run, the production will tour various villages in the Lot and Dordogne valleys in South West France during August, under the banner of Antic Disposition's annual Festival Shakespeare du Quercy.
Much Ado About Nothing runs from Wednesday 24th June to Sunday 19th July at St Stephen's Church, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London. NW3 2PP.
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