Much Ado About Nothing

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Fri 30 September 2016
Sat 15 October 2016
2 hrs 45mins (incl. interval)
£27 – £12 and discounts (including £1 restoration levy)
Mercury Main Theatre

The war is over. The boys are coming home, and the girls can’t wait for a summer of games to begin!

The most talked-about young soldier, Claudio, falls instantly for innocent and beautiful Hero (the daughter of his Garrison commander!). Brilliant Beatrice and ladies’ man Benedick, pick up where they left off – warring with wit and words.

As the soldiers return to civilian life, everyone seems to want to scheme – friends and enemies alike. Can Beatrice and Benedick be fooled into falling in love with one another?

Can everyone’s favourite “perfect” couple – Claudio and Hero – be made to doubt their love and be taken down a peg or two?

And what is true love, anyway?

Is all the romance and heartache just much ado about nothing?

Director Pia Furtado’s saucy new production of Shakespeare’s comic battle of the sexes is staged in contemporary Essex.

“They are interesting characters – they’re fun, they’re living characters even though they’re 400 years old, they are archetypes that we would recognise today. What this production aims to do is to find those stereotypes in today’s world. Once you start getting into it, you really start to appreciate the fundamental timeless issues … the battle of the sexes is as old as time itself … there’s so much that we can draw on.” (Jason Langley, actor playing Benedick)




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Jason Langley HEADSHOT 1

Jason Langley


Danielle Flett HEADSHOT 1

Danielle Flett


Polly Lister HEADSHOT 1

Polly Lister

Don John

Robert Fitch HEADSHOT 1

Robert Fitch

Don Pedro

Peter Bray HEADSHOT 1

Peter Bray


Robyn Cara HEADSHOT 1

Robyn Cara


Paul Ridley HEADSHOT 1

Paul Ridley


Kirsty J Curtis HEADSHOT 1

Kirsty J Curtis


Karl Haynes HEADSHOT 1 1

Karl Haynes


Emmy Stonelake HEADSHOT 1

Emmy Stonelake

Friar Francis / Conrade

Chris Charles HEADSHOT 2

Chris Charles



Loved it.

C. C. (audience member)


Superb – would recommend it.

B. G. (audience member)


We really enjoyed the show. Well presented and a very good adaption

P. J. (audience member)

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