Afro-futurist Shakespeare on Radio 4

Radio 4 follows the creative team in the build-up to the first performances of director Roy Alexander-Weise's RSC debut with Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Much Ado About Nothing, in the first Shakespeare with a live audience at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon since the pandemic began.

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What is Afrofuturism?

In this short video Costume Designer Melissa Simon-Hartman and photographer Asiko explain what the movement is, how it brings together the old and the new, and how we've used it in the show.

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costume designs

Take a look through some of the original costume illustrations by Much Ado About Nothing's costume designer, celebrity fashion designer Melissa Simon-Hartman. Beautifully designed and inspired by Afrofuturism these costumes are truly pieces of art which have faithfully come to life on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.