The UK Trailer for Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The brand new UK trailer for Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING has now been released. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is released across the UK and Ireland by Kaleidoscope Entertainment on 14 June 2013.

In the late summer of 2011, Joss Whedon completed principal photography on Marvel’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. Upon his return to Los Angeles Joss was contractually obligated to take a week off before beginning his director’s cut of the film. Rather than travel to an exotic location, or disconnect from the world and unwind, Joss chose to make a completely different kind of film. A film that would be shot almost entirely in his home, a film that would be shot in just under 12 days, a film that would be made with close friends, and a film made with a sincere love for the text, a film that would be MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that we call love.  A Special Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING was also selected as the Closing Night film for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013.

Leonato (Clark Gregg – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE; IRON MAN), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond – MONEYBALL; GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK), who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher – SERENITY; TV’s FIREFLY). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE; TV’s ANGEL) and Claudio (Fran Kranz – DIARY OF A WIMPY KID; TV’s DOLLHOUSE).  While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (newcomer Jillian Morgese), and Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker – THE CABIN IN THE WOODS; TV’s ANGEL; DOLLHOUSE), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange, with Leonato, their marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome – MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark – MYSTIC RIVER), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.  A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

Much Ado About Nothing (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave)

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero.

Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

While young lovers Claudio and Hero threaten to have their imminent nuptials thwarted by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Vanessa Redgrave) and Benedick (James Earl Jones).

Redgrave and Earl Jones take on these roles for the first time. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave recently starred in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway.

 

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Reviews Round-up: Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndhams Theatre

This summer, David Tennant and Catherine Tate appear together on stage for the first time in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.

Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s great plays and reminds us all of the failings and triumphs of the human condition in our never ending search for perfect love.

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“The chemistry Tennant and Tate established in Dr Who survives in their performances as the disputatious lovers. Tennant, an old hand at Shakespeare, brings a fine mixture of wit, cynicism and sudden love-struck wonder to Benedick, speaks the language with Scottish-accented clarity, and proves highly sympathetic but never ingratiating.”

Charles Spencer
Daily Telegraph
[Rating:4.0/5]

“Tate gives an excellent account of Beatrice as the kind of larky, high-spirited woman who uses her wisecracking gifts as a defence against emotional engagement: significantly, while Benedick turns up at Leonato’s party in female attire, she comes dressed as a man. I’d only beg Tate to resist a textual change made, presumably, out of political correctness. In the gulling scene Shakespeare’s Beatrice says of Benedick: “I will requite thee, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand.” Tate substitutes “with” for “to” to soften the note of submission: totally unnecessary since there’s no danger of this sparky couple ever being anything other than sexual equals.”

Michael Billington
Guardian
[Rating:4.0/5]

“It would be hard to conceive of a more gloriously engaging portrayal of Benedick than the one David Tennant is now offering in Josie Rourke’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, a staging that transforms Shakespeare’s demobbed soldiers into white uniformed naval officers on shore leave in Gibraltar during the 1980s.”

Paul Taylor
The Independent
[Rating:3.0/5]

“There are disco lights, strippers, brilliantly pastichey pop tunes by Michael Bruce, allusions to the 1981 royal wedding, a sex doll and – a personal highlight – some hopeless noodling with one of those cheap little Casio keyboards I coveted as a nine-year-old.”

Henry Hitchings
The Evening Standard
[Rating:4.0/5]

“Shakespeare’s lovely romance is set, here, in the Eighties, in what seems to be Majorca or Ibiza. Benedick (Mr Tennant) and his brother officers are rigged up in the white uniforms of naval types fresh back on shore. Benedick’s non-girlfriend Beatrice (Catherine Tate) is slouchy in the modern way: slack-hipped, sunglasses in her hair, a packet of Camel cigarettes in hand. She is far from likeable.”

Quentin Letts
The Daily Mail
[Rating:3.0/5]

“Whichever way you slice it, Much Ado has to be charming and beautiful – it’s neither at the Wyndham’s, in this brash and noisy eighties, heavily cut version directed by Josie Rourke, accommodating the warring Benedick and Beatrice of David Tennant and Catherine Tate.”

Michael Coveney
The Stage

“The scene in the church, where Benedick declares his love for her is a fundamental turning point in the play. Tennant’s “I do love nothing in the world as well as you, is that not strange” is spoken like a giant sigh, but Tate’s protestations of love are masked by a succession of funny voices – it’s like hearing a love scene spoken by Dick Emery.”

Maxwell Cooter
Whatsonstage.com
[Rating:3.0/5]

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Tickets on Sale: Much Ado About Nothing Starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate

This summer, David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to appear together on stage for the first time in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing

Two young lovers Claudio and Hero are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials.  Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.

Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s great plays and reminds us all of the failings and triumphs of the human condition in our never ending search for perfect love.

Performance Times: Evenings(Monday – Saturday – 7.30pm) and Matinee(Saturday – 2.30pm)

Venue: Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA

Booking Dates: 16-May-2011 – 03-Sep-2011

Buy Tickets for Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre!

David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Ex-Dr Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate will lead the cast of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s theatre this summer.

A lively showdown between the sexes unfolds in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy.

Beatrice, independent and forthright, and Benedick, a self-confessed ‘woman-hater’, pass their time constantly goading and scorning each other. When they are thrown together to defend a friend’s and family’s honour, their true feelings begin to be revealed.

“A Fresh and Funny and touching production of Much Ado as it has ever been my pleasure to witness. Marianne Elliott comes up with a show that is bursting with life, wit and human feeling. Brilliant comic ingenuity” Daily Telegraph

Catherine Tate is a British actress, writer and comedienne. She has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and four BAFTA Awards. Following the success of The Catherine Tate Show, Tate played Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas special of Doctor Who and later reprised her role, becoming the Doctor’s companion for the fourth series in 2008.

David Tennant is a Scottish actor. In addition to his work in theatre, including a widely praised Hamlet, Tennant is best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in Casanova and as Barty Crouch, Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Antic Disposition Presents Much Ado About Nothing at St Stephen’s

Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing from Wednesday 24 June – Sunday 19 July 2009.


Following the success of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, theatre company Antic Disposition will present Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing from Wednesday 24 June to Sunday 19 July 2009 as the second production in their first resident season at spectacular former church St Stephen’s, Hampstead, following the building’s £4 million refurbishment.

France. 1945. The war may be over, but the battle of the sexes has only just begun. As peace breaks out, dashing soldier Claudio is quick to propose to the beautiful Hero, but their celebrations are soon threatened by the scandalous rumours spread by the wicked Don John. Will confirmed singletons Beatrice and Benedick stop sniping at each other long enough to save the day and perhaps find love themselves? Antic Disposition presents a new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, a feast of music, romance and verbal jousting that will delight and entertain absolutely anyone who has ever been in love.

Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing, which is set in the post-war celebrations of liberated France, draws inspiration from the inventive films of French comic actor Jacques Tati. The production will make full use of the awe-inspiring church space, immersing the audience, many of whom will be seated at French-style cafe tables, in the action of the play.

Produced by Antic Disposition, Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero, designed by John Risebero, with lighting design by Howard Hudson and music by James Burrows. The cast includes Anouke Brook, Ashley Cook, Sophie Cosson, Robert French, Luke Harris, James Hutchinson, Bethany Minelle, James Pellow, Jonathan Pembroke and Damien Warren-Smith. Following its London run, Much Ado About Nothing will tour various villages in the Lot and Dordogne valleys in South West France during August, under the banner of Antic Disposition’s annual Festival Shakespeare du Quercy.

Later in the year, Antic Disposition will present a brand new musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Tuesday 8 December 2009 to Sunday 3 January 2010.

ST STEPHEN’S, HAMPSTEAD – A Brief History:

Having been designed by architect Samuel Sanders Teulon (1812 – 1873), St Stephen’s, Hampstead, is considered to be one of the finest Victorian churches built in the Gothic style. Built in 1869 and regularly attended by over a thousand parishioners each Sunday, it was closed for worship in 1977, following which it has lain derelict until the present day.

Original proposals for its future included conversion to luxury flats and demolition to make way for a car park for the adjacent Royal Free Hospital. Whilst fortunately neither plan came to fruition and the building achieved Grade 1 listed status, vandals and squatters moved in and left their mark on the building during the years it stood empty. In 1999, the St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust was awarded a lease to restore the building.

ANTIC DISPOSITION – A Brief Background:

Antic Disposition was founded in 2005 by director Ben Horslen and designer John Risebero, with the aim of producing innovative and entertaining theatrical work from a variety of genres. Over the past three years the company has earned a strong reputation for high quality productions of classic plays, including a critically acclaimed production of Richard III, performed in the derelict setting of St Stephen’s Hampstead and a sell-out run of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London’s West End.

Each August the company produces Festival Shakespeare du Quercy, a celebration of the works of Shakespeare, which takes place in open-air locations across the South West of France. For its inaugural season in 2005, Antic Disposition produced The Shakespeare Revue, which also toured the UK and played at the New End Theatre in Hampstead. It produced Romeo and Juliet in 2006, Twelfth Night in 2007 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2008, all of which subsequently appeared at the Cochrane Theatre in London.

Press night for Much Ado About Nothing is Thursday 25 June at 7.30pm.

For More Information:

St Stephen’s
Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead
London NW3 2PP

Box Office: 0871 230 5540 (24 hrs)
www.anticdisposition.co.uk

Press night for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Much Ado About Nothing, A Christmas Carol

St Stephen’s Hampstead has an impressive list of celebrity patrons who have supported the building’s restoration, including Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Jude Law, Sam Mendes, Nicholas Parsons, Angela Rippon and Andrew Sachs. Adrian Mitchell, whose adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will open the season, was a stalwart supporter of the building’s restoration and previous Hampstead resident. A performance during the run will be dedicated to his memory.

PRESS NIGHTS

  • Press night for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is Friday 20 March at 7.30pm
  • Press night for Much Ado About Nothing is Thursday 25 June at 7.30pm
  • Press night for A Christmas Carol is Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Tue 23 June – Sat 19 July 2009

The war may be over, but the battle of the sexes has only just begun. As peace breaks out, dashing soldier Claudio is quick to propose to the beautiful Hero, but their celebrations are soon threatened by the scandalous rumours spread by the wicked Don John. Will confirmed singletons Beatrice and Benedick stop sniping at each other long enough to save the day and perhaps find love themselves? Antic Disposition presents a new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, a feast of music, romance and verbal jousting that will delight and entertain absolutely anyone who has ever been in love.

Produced by Antic Disposition, Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson.