Much Ado About Nothing
Let the York Shakespeare Project transport you back in time to the summer of 1945. Set in rural Yorkshire in the immediate aftermath of the 2nd World War, this rare theatrical treat is not to be missed. York's Rowntree Park provides the perfect setting for Much Ado About Nothing - still one of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring romantic comedies.
Soon-to-be-married lovers Hero and Claudio conspire with Don Pedro to set a 'lover's trap' for the resolutely unmarried Benedick and Beatrice, his favourite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon plots to break up Hero and Claudio's wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. Will he succeed and will Benedick and Beatrice ever admit their true feelings for one another?
Featuring iconic songs from the golden post-war era and period dance numbers, this production was a memorable evening's entertainment in one of York's most idyllic settings.
CastYou can see the full cast for the production by clicking here.
Performance ScheduleThe production took place in Rowntree Park, and The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon. For a full performance schedule please click here.
PressWhy not read the York Press review of Much Ado About Nothing?
Or you can read the Pocklington Post review in glorious technicolour by clicking here.
You can also read a preview article in York Press by clicking here.
Here is what was a double-page spread from the York Press.
And here is a mention we got on the blog of a York theatre-goer...
Filming by Matthew Pattison
DirectorThe production is directed by YSP debutant Paul Taylor-Mills. Paul is a graduate of Bath Spa University with a BA in Performing Arts. He has worked on a variety of productions ranging from large scale musicals to a show with Britt Ekland at the Edinburgh Festival. He has taken productions of Shakespeare to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall, to The Dell in Stratford-upon-Avon, and has toured North America with a production of The Comedy of Errors.