Much Ado About Nothing for Northern Broadsides & New Vic Theatre tour

I do love nothing in the world so well as you- is not that strange?

Reece Dinsdale is to star in Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre’s co-production of Shakespeare’s glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy – Much Ado About Nothing.

Dinsdale (This House, The National Theatre and The Absence of War, Headlong Theatre Company) will play Benedick in this new adaptation, directed by Northern Broadsides’ artistic director Conrad Nelson.

Six long years of war are finally over. Returning soldiers swap the booming battlefield for a landscape of love, masked balls and much-needed laughter.

Two young dreamers (Hero and Claudio) fall head over heels, while two others (Benedick and Beatrice) resume their combative courtship.

As faithful friends plot romance and a vengeful brother plans destruction, can true love conquer all, or will whispers and rumour win out?

Told in true Northern Broadsides style and set at the end of World War II, this production of Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy was last performed by the company in 2000.

Director Conrad Nelson said: “Twenty seven years ago, I was offered a job with Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company.

“At the end of run I was thrilled to be asked to play Hugh Oatcake in his joyous film version of Much Ado.

“In 2000 I played Benedick opposite my future wife, Deborah McAndrew, for Northern Broadsides – the last time the company performed the play.

“The hills of Tuscany, where we filmed, gave way to the mill rooms and settings of the industrial North, but I still fell in love again.

“The play’s the thing… I know a little bit more about love now and a little bit more about drama and it is a privilege to bring this feel good masterpiece to life again. Thank you Mr Branagh for that wonderful summer.”

Much Ado About Nothing will open at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 8 February – 2 March and will then tour to:

The Dukes Lancaster (5-9 March)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (12-16 March)
Salisbury Playhouse (19-23 March)
Derby Theatre (26-30 March)
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (2-6 April)
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield (16-20 Apr)
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax (25 Apr-4 May)
The Lowry Salford (7-11 May)
York Theatre Royal (14-18 May)
Harrogate Theatre (21-25 May).

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