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Much Ado About Nothing

30 Sep - 15 Oct
  • 2 hrs 45mins (incl. interval)
  • £27 – £12 and discounts (including £1 restoration levy)
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Audio Described with Touch Tour
  • Captioned
"One of the most thought-provoking, colourful, and exciting shows I've seen on the Mercury stage for a long time"
— Colchester Daily Gazette

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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Past Performances

Date
Time
119
Fri, 30 Sep 16
7:30 pm
32
Sat, 1 Oct 16
7:30 pm
157
Tue, 4 Oct 16
7:30 pm
61
Wed, 5 Oct 16
7:30 pm
150
Thu, 6 Oct 16
2:30 pm
127
Thu, 6 Oct 16
7:30 pm
148
Fri, 7 Oct 16
7:30 pm
167
Sat, 8 Oct 16
2:30 pm
117
Sat, 8 Oct 16
7:30 pm
91
Tue, 11 Oct 16
7:30 pm
0
Wed, 12 Oct 16
2:30 pm
102
Wed, 12 Oct 16
7:30 pm
137
Thu, 13 Oct 16
2:30 pm
148
Thu, 13 Oct 16
7:30 pm
Captioned
96
Fri, 14 Oct 16
7:30 pm
151
Sat, 15 Oct 16
2:30 pm
Audio Described with Touch Tour
100
Sat, 15 Oct 16
7:30 pm

DINNER & A SHOW OFFER

Food

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.

This show has been paired with our Mercury Classics menu. Click here to take a look!

Please note this offer applies to evening performances only. Click here to see our daytime dining options. Click here to see our daytime dining options.

Mercury Main Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT, Essex, UK

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury’s main 499-seater auditorium, with parking nearby at St. Mary’s multi-storey car park!

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Cast
Jason Langley
Jason Langley
Benedick
Danielle Flett
Danielle Flett
Beatrice
Polly Lister
Polly Lister
Don John
Robert Fitch
Robert Fitch
Don Pedro
Peter Bray
Peter Bray
Claudio
Robyn Cara
Robyn Cara
Hero
Paul Ridley
Paul Ridley
Leonato
Kirsty J Curtis
Kirsty J Curtis
Margaret
Karl Haynes
Karl Haynes
Dogberry
Emmy Stonelake
Emmy Stonelake
Friar Francis / Conrade
Chris Charles
Chris Charles
Borachio
Creatives
Pia Furtado
Pia Furtado
Director
Amy Trigg
Amy Trigg
Assistant Director (Three-Month Placement at Mercury Theatre through the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme)
Camilla Clarke
Camilla Clarke
Designer
Rebecca Applin
Rebecca Applin
Composer
Jack Knowles
Jack Knowles
Lighting Designer
Temujin Gill
Temujin Gill
Movement Director
Marc Frankum
Marc Frankum
Casting Director
"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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