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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
Video recording using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1982 production of Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Terry Hands with Sinead Cusack as Beatrice and Derek Jacobi as Benedick
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
20 Jan 1983
Duration
152 mins

Credits

Director
Terry Hands
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nigel Hess
Production Design
Ralph Koltai
Costume
Alexander Reid
Cast
Sinead CusackBeatrice
Derek JacobiBenedick
Robert O’MahoneyClaudio
Ken BonesDon Pedro
Christopher BenjaminDogberry
Cathy FinlayServant to Hero (Servant)
Christopher BowenWatchman
Clare Byam ShawHero
David Shaw-ParkerGeorge Seacoal (Watchman (1))
David TroughtonConrade
Edward JewesburyLeonato
Geoffrey FreshwaterBorachio
George ParsonsMessenger
George ParsonsFriar Francis
Jeffery DenchAntonio
Jimmy GardnerVerges
John CarlisleDon John
Josette SimonMargaret
Katy BeheanUrsula
Michael FitzgeraldLord
Philip DennisBalthasar
Ray LlewellynSexton
Simon ClarkFourth Watch (Watchman)
William HadenHugh Oatcake (Watchman (2))

Additional Details

Theatre
Barbican Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
The production opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 20 April 1982 and transferred to the Barbican. Press night at the Barbican 12 May 1983. The production went on tour and the cast names in the entry reflect the Barbican transfer.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Suzanne R. Westfall, Shakespeare Bulletin 2, no.12-3, no. 1 (1984-5), p32-3.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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