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Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing written between 1598 and 1599 is Shakespeare’s most frequently performed comedy.


Much Ado About Nothing is playing in repertoire with Love's Labour's Lost as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket season.

  • Opera House Manchester

    Manchester

    Until 3 Dec 2016

  • Theatre Royal Haymarket

    London

    9 Dec 2016 - 18 Mar 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 10 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

9 December, 7:30PM

Theatre Royal Haymarket
London

‘Sigh no more, ladies - men were deceivers ever.’

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Don’t miss Shakespeare’s two great romantic comedies, Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (or Love's Labour's Won), as this widely acclaimed pairing arrive at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket, following hugely successful runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester.

Two sparklingly funny romances are brought together by the innovative matching of events, characters and themes. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, with a dazzling design by Simon Higlett and glorious music by Nigel Hess, the two productions are set either side of the First World War. Love’s Labour’s Lost conjures up the carefree elegance of a pre‑war Edwardian summer, whilst Much Ado About Nothing presents a changed world with the roaring 20s just around the corner. An immensely talented ensemble perform in both plays which can be seen as single performances or enjoyed as one extraordinary event on our two‑show days.