'I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.'

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, Much Ado about Nothing contrasts the happiness of lovers Claudio and Hero, and the cynicism of sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick, who are united in their scorn for love. Trickery plays a large part in the story, as Beatrice and Benedick are duped into declaring their love for one another, and the dastardly Don John deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has been unfaithful. Marking the debut of Director Jeremy Herrin at the Globe Theatre, this production features Eve Best as the feisty and high-spirited Beatrice and Charles Edwards as her cynical counterpart, Benedick.

Synopsis

Claudio loves Hero, and Hero loves Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice, and Beatrice loves Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by killing his best friend.

Running time: 166 mins

Cast

Beatrice:
Eve Best

Claudio:
Philip Cumbus

Benedick:
Charles Edwards

Conrade:
Marcus Griffiths

Verges:
Adrian Hood

Dogberry:
Paul Hunter
Leonato:
Joseph Marcell

Margaret:
Lisa McGrillis

George Seacoal, Messenger:
David Nellist

Don John, Sexton:
Matthew Pidgeon

Don Pedro:
Ewan Stewart

Hero:
Ony Uhiara

Ursula:
Helen Weir

Antonio:
John Stahl

Borachio, Friar:
Joe Caffrey

Creatives

Director:
Jeremy Herrin

Designer:
Mike Britton

Composer:
Stephen Warbeck

Choreographer:
Sian Williams

Fight Director:
Bret Yount

Directed for the screen:
Robin Lough