Photos: Beatrices and Benedicks of the past

  • 2012

    2012

    Benedick (Paul Bhattacharjee) and Beatrice (Meera Syal) in the 2012 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Iqbal Khan and designed by Tom Piper. Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC.

  • 2012 part 2

    2012

    Meera Syal as Beatrice in Iqbal Khan's 2012 production of Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC.

  • 2006

    2006

    Tamsin Greig played Beatrice opposite Joseph Millson (Benedick) in the 2006 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Lez Brotherston. Photo by Simon Annand © RSC.

  • 2006 part 2

    2006

    Tamsin Greig as Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Lez Brotherston. Photo by Simon Annand © RSC.

  • 2002

    2002

    Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Gregory Doran and designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis. This photo shows Beatrice (Harriet Walter) and Benedick (Nicholas le Prevost). The company also included John Hopkins (Claudio), Gary Waldhorn (Leonato) and Clive Wood (Don Pedro).The production transferred to the Haymarket Theatre, London, and later the Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Photo by Jonathan Dockar-Drysdale © RSC.

  • 1996

    1996

    Beatrice (Siobhan Redmond) and Benedick (Alex Jennings) in Michael Boyd's Much Ado About Nothing, designed by Tom Piper. Damian Lewis played Don John. Christopher Luscombe, who is directing Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing), played Dogberry.

  • 1976

    1976

    Beatrice (Judi Dench) and Benedick (Donald Sinden) in John Barton's 1976 production of Much Ado About Nothing, designed by John Napier. © RSC.

  • 1982

    1982

    Beatrice (Sinead Cusack) and Benedick (Derek Jacobi) in Terry Hands' 1982 production of Much Ado About Nothing, designed by Ralph Koltai. Photo by Chris Davies © Chris Davies.

  • 1982

    1982

    Sinead Cusack as Beatrice and Derek Jacobi as Benedick in the 1982 production of Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by Chris Davies © Chris Davies.

  • 1976 part 2

    1976

    Beatrice and gentlewomen in Act 3 Scene 4 in John Barton's production of Much Ado About Nothing. This photo shows, from left to right, Beatrice (Judi Dench), maid (Meg Davies), maid (Susan Dury), Margaret (Eliza Ward). Photo by Reg Wilson © RSC.

  • 1968

    1968

    Act 3 Scene 1 in Trevor Nunn's 1968 production of Much Ado About Nothing, designed by Christopher Morley. This photo shows, from left to right, Hero (Helen Mirren), Beatrice (Janet Suzman), Ursula (Rowena Cooper). Photo by Tom Holte © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

  • 1958

    1958

    Beatrice (Googie Withers) insults Benedick (Michael Redgrave) at the masked ball, Act 2 Scene 1, in Douglas Seale's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. The role of Ursula was played by Rachel Kempson, who was married to Michael Redgrave. The company also included Eileen Atkins and Ian Holm. Photo by Angus McBean © RSC.

  • 1958 part 2

    1958

    Benedick (Michael Redgrave) with the love letters he has been attempting to write in Act 5 Scene 2 in the 1958 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Douglas Seale and designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. Photo by Angus McBean © RSC.

  • 1950

    1950

    John Gielgud acts and directs in this 1950 production of Much Ado About Nothing, designed by Mariano Andreu. Benedick (John Gielgud) thanks Beatrice (Peggy Ashcroft) for calling him in to dinner in Act 2 Scene 3. Photo by Angus McBean © RSC.

  • 1949

    1949

    Beatrice (Diana Wynyard) and Benedick (Anthony Quayle) in John Gielgud's 1949 production of Much Ado About Nothing. This photo depicts Beatrice taunting a disguised Benedick at the Masked Ball in Act 2 Scene 1. Photo by Angus McBean © RSC.

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