The fantastic, 15-strong cast must be praised for their slick and professional performances in this amusing two fold plot to fuse the sharp wits of Beatrice and Benedick
, who have vowed never to be foolish enough to love or be married, and the more seemingly tragic element to dupe Claudio into thinking his betrothed Hero is not a virtuous maid but "everyman's Hero".
AUTHORS Marina Fiorato and Rory Clements will be appearing at Rugby Library to sign and discuss their latest books Beatrice and Benedick
, and The Queen's Man.
Much Ado, which tells the story of star-crossed - and often also cross - couple Beatrice and Benedick
, follows a production of the Bard's tragedy Othello which the company successfully staged at the Kazimier last summer.
As her new book Beatrice and Benedick
, a study of two gures from the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing, hits the stands, Fiorato is taking on a book tour which brings her to Monmouthshire on Monday.
The popular Shakespeare comedy, with Emma Pallant and Simon Bubb as reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick
, opens in Margate on Friday but then heads for Alnwick for two performances, before opening at the Globe - the London South Bank reconstruction of the 16th-century theatre in which Shakespeare performed.
The casting is the twist, with grande dame of theatre Vanessa Redgrave, 76, and James Earl Jones, 82 (aka the voice of Darth Vader) as feisty lovers Beatrice and Benedick
Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being unacknowledged, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick
, one of Shakespeare's wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers.
Beatrice and Benedick
were in love, once-or, as Beatrice says of Benedick's heart, "he lent it me awhile; and I gave him use for it.
The sparring Beatrice and Benedick
are eventually reunited in affection and a desire for retribution when a plotting Don John ruins the wedding of young Hero and Claudio.
12 Which former Doctor Who stars play reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick
in a West End production of Much Ado About Nothing?
Downstage center was a large, rectangular reflecting / wading pool, and on the back edge of the pool was a typewriter that Beatrice and Benedick
used for writing their love poems.
The heart of "Much Ado About Nothing" revolves around the resumption of the delightfully contentious relationship between Beatrice and Benedick
, and the flurry of witty insults they hurl at each other.