Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes is reignited this Summer with a riotous new production of Much Ado About Nothing in the Globe Theatre.
In the aftermath of a fierce conflict, soldier Claudio finds himself on the frontline of a different fight: for the love of Hero. His friend Benedick, on the other hand, is willing to do everything he can to evade affection and meets his match in Beatrice.
Eight years after the seminal production of Titus Andronicus, ‘ingenious’ ★★★★ (The Guardian), Lucy Bailey returns to the Globe to direct our 2022 Globe Ensemble in Shakespeare’s energetic tale of jealousy, self-discovery and love.
‘I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.’
Act I, scene 1
Much Ado About Nothing reviews
I loved this production of Much Ado About Nothing - great acting, engaging, funny, effective use of space and so much more. The actors showed great respect for the poetry rather than gabbling it. My enjoyment was slightly spoiled in the second half when some youngsters chatted throughout - despite constant reminders to be quiet.
Fabulous show! Very entertaining and engaging. Thoroughly recommend
Yesterday (Saturday) went to see afternoon production of Much Ado with a friend. Brilliant production as usual from the Globe. Light handed with many excellent 'moments' brilliant dancing and a few surprises. May go again later in the season in the evening. The only problem was 2 members of the audience on the far left father and daughter who talked throughout the performance had their phones out and were a nuisance to many other theatre goers they should have been asked to leave. Very poor audience management. Annie
Fantastic cast had us all in stitches!
I have questions are for the director. what did setting this play in postwar Italy reveal about the text? Why was Beatrice persuing a physical version of 'merriment' as main character trait? Did you expect babbling courtyard fountain to reduce audibility of actors? What happens when talented actors perform skillful dance? without joy? I enjoyed the restsint and timing of Benedict, the costumes were appealing, and I loved the accordion players who untimateky bore witness to a frenetic but joyless performance (matinee may 13). Sometimes Globe productions are both Show And Tell of Shakespeare. They do not trust the audience. This was one such.
Though it was raining, everyone were still very excited. I quite like the way actors interacted with us ( especially for yard standing people)
Really enjoy it. Cast interacted with students in the groundlings well.
Fabulous performance with hilarity and gravity alike. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
A superb performance, enjoyable all through, great fun.
It was great!!!
This was a wonderful production which really utilized the language play to bringing it all to life. I feel more could have been made of John Don, but the actors, especially Beatrice and Leonata, were a joy. Loved the interactivity too. Well worth seeing if you can.
Fantastic ! its the first William Shakespeare play I have ever seen and really enjoyed it.
Fantastic performance from the cast.
I've always been a bit baffled by the bits of the play that are not to do with Benedict and Beatice, but this production makes it clear that it has everything to do with battle hardened soldiers, recently returned from war, trusting each other more than the women they are due to marry. During the course of the play they are shown the errors of their ways . Benedict shows them a different mindset, one that will lead to a happy relationship. The Italian 1945 setting suited the action of the play perfectly and the 5 strong women's accordian band produced haunting music. Changing the father and uncle to a mother and aunt made a great deal of sense. All the clowning and verbal sparring made it a hugely entertaining production.
"Much Ado" moved to the 20th century. I've seen the play many times but this was my favourite. The Globe's stage was brilliantly used, the humour came over well, the cast were all very good (even the read-in actor) and I loved the smooth unobtrusive way props and furniture were moved by the cast.
Just a great night! Fabulous acting! A must see performance! And had us laughing all the way. Shakespeare comedy at its best. 👍😊
An excellent performance of this much loved Shakespearean standard. The cast were really enjoying themselves and they fully engaged with a receptive audience whose hearts had been won from the opening scene.
Lucy Bailey tries to have it both both ways and succeeds , keeps it soufflé light and the comedy to the fore and very festive , the changing of certain gender roles works . This is a female household , the Men are at war . The Solders arrive , the War of the sexes takes place inside the war outside. The casting of Beatrice and Benedict is the most important part of this play and In this production we have two excellent stars , The rest of the cast are equally fab with one exception. The interaction with the the audience in Shakespeares comedies is key and this production gets the balance just right. All Shakespeare’s plays are problem plays. Lucy tries manfully to deal with Claudio , but doesn’t succeed , he is let off and received in the bosom of the happy ending as is John the Bastard , are we sure of his punishment
This play came ALIVE through the fantastic talents of the performers. Massive laugh and puddles of tears - one of the best shows I have seen. The Globe is BACK! BRAVO!
I’m so impressed - this was an absolute joy to watch. Incredible casting of the characters, such great physical humour to match with the hilarious script. I can’t rave about this enough, so much fun!!!!
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Good To Know
All performances will be played at full capacity. The yard will be standing tickets. We will still ask audience to wear mask and ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.
When Can I Go
22nd April 2022 - 23 October 2022
Where Do I Go
21 New Globe Walk