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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2002 production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Gregory Doran. Harriet Walter is Beatrice and Nicholas Le Prevost is Benedick.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
18 Jun 2002
Duration
158 mins

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Stephen Brimson Lewis
Cast
Harriet WalterBeatrice
Nicholas Le PrevostBenedick
John HopkinsClaudio
Clive WoodDon Pedro
Christopher BenjaminDogberry
Alexander MorrisBoy serving Benedick
Cristina BarreiroInnogen
Daniel HaywardBoy serving Benedick
Gary WaldhornLeonato
Ian DrysdaleConrade
Israel AduramoGeorge Seacole (Watchman (1))
Jack SnellBoy serving Benedick
John KilloranBorachio
Julian JensenBalthasar
Julien BallSexton
Kirsten ParkerHero
Nathanial BarberBoy serving Benedick
Noma DumezweniUrsula
Ross WaltonHugh Oatcake (Watchman (2))
Sarah BallMargaret
Simon ScottVerges
Stephen Campbell MooreDon John
Steve SarossyDispatch Rider
Trevor MartinAntonio
William WhymperFriar Francis

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Barber, Hayward, Morris and Snell alternated the role of Boy; it is not known who played the part in this recording.
History
Produced at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 9 May-13 July 2002; and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 27 July-22 August 2002.
Stills
'The play is located in Messina, and Doran’s production more pointedly places the proceedings in Fascist Sicily in the 1930s. The demobbed black-shirted soldiers who troop on to Stephen Brimson Lewis’s warmly lit, terracotta courtyard are evidently just returned from Mussolini’s conquest of Abyssinia’. {Paul Taylor, The Independent, 15 May 2002).
Reviews
Jackson, Russell. Shakespeare Quarterly 54 (2003), pp. 167-85 (in review-article); Dobson, Michael. Shakespeare Survey 56 (2003), pp. 256-86 (especially 267-69).

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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