"One of the most thought-provoking, colourful, and exciting shows I've seen on the Mercury stage for a long time"
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)
DINNER & A SHOW OFFER
Make a night of it by booking a pre-show meal at Food @ the Mercury. Simply add either a two (£13.95) or three course (£15.95) meal to your basket along with your theatre tickets.
No need to choose what you are having in advance – simply select from the delicious options available on the night.
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"Superb - would recommend it."
"We really enjoyed the show. Well presented and a very good adaption"