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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Much Ado About Nothing @ Lyttelton Review ->

Last Thursday night Stuart and I went to see Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of new beginnings, Much Ado About Nothing at the Lyttelton theatre on London’s glitzy South Bank.
Starring Katherine Parkinson (yes, her off of Home, I'm Darling and The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (yes, him off of Dracula and She Stoops to Conquer) this version was light, fluffy, full of song and dance and set in the 1930s Italian Riviera.
Legendary family-run Hotel Messina has always been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. When the current owner’s daughter falls for a dashing young soldier, the hallways are ringing with the sound of wedding bells. However, not all the guests are in the mood for love, and a string of deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the steadfastly single Beatrice and Benedick.
The play was good, the production quite good, but as with many of Shakespeare's other comedies, just dragged on a bit too long. Three hours of mistaken identity and faux jeopardy did begin to wear somewhat.  The staging was great though and Parkinson and Heffernan were both in good form.


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