Welcome to our Live Lesson page for Much Ado About Nothing.
Much Ado About Nothing Live Lesson
The Live Lesson is approximately 1 hour long but as an on-demand video, you can watch it at your own speed, focus on key elements or pause for in-class discussions.
The lesson will be live until 5pm on Thursday 30 June.
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About the production
The lesson is linked to the 2022 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Roy Alexander Weise (joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). Set designed by the award-winning Jemima Robinson, the production features costume designs by Melissa Simon-Hartman, who has designed for Beyoncé and Notting Hill Carnival, and an original score by Nigerian-born British guitarist and MOBO award-nominated musician Femi Temowo whose past collaborators include Amy Winehouse and The Roots.
Director Roy Alexander Weise describes his approach to the production as:
"Shakespeare was all too aware of the creative potential that came with setting his plays in imagined worlds… or at least worlds unfamiliar to his audience at the time. Far off landscapes like Antium, Ephesus, Syria, Venice and Verona were as far removed from the world of 16th century England as the future feels to us today, providing Shakespeare with the perfect canvas on which to paint. Living in a 21st Century global society, our world is much smaller and more connected, which is why I wanted to explore what a futuristic vision of society might look like; what has the potential to be different, what potential is there for change, and equally what fundamental aspects of the human condition remain unchanged?”.
Find out more
See some production images below showcasing some of the costumes designed by Melissa Simon-Hartman.