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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1990 production of Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Bill Alexander with Roger Allam as Benedick and Susan Fleetwood as Beatrice.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
18 Jan 1991
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Bill Alexander
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Kit Surrey
Cast
Susan FleetwoodBeatrice
Roger AllamBenedick
John McAndrewClaudio
John CarlisleDon Pedro
George RaistrickDogberry
Alex KingstonHero
Andrea WrayUrsula
Andrew HavillGeorge Seacoal (Watchman (1))
Anthony SkordiWatchman
Arnold YarrowVerges
Bill McGuirkSexton
Dominic MafhamWatchman (2)
Jamie HindeBalthasar
Ken ShorterBorachio
Marston BloomHugh Oatcake (Watchman (2))
Marston BloomMessenger
Mary ChaterMargaret
Mike DowlingFriar Francis
Paul WebsterLeonato
Trevor MartinAntonio
Vincent ReganDon John

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
A recording was also made 21 June 1991 at the Barbican.
History
Press night 10 April 1990
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
Holland, Peter. Shakespeare Survey 44 (1992), pp 157-90 (esp. 170-72).

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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