2019 play alert: Much Ado About Nothing

February 2019 might seem a long way off, but it’s just around the corner. Northern Broadsides are performing Shakespeare’s fantastic comedy Much Ado About Nothing

This adaptation is being directed by Artistic Director Conrad Nelson. He’s undoubtedly very talented, though it’ll be interesting to see the Northern Broadsides perform a Shakespeare play without the talent of Barrie Rutter. I’m so used to seeing his name synonymous with the company, it’s hard to imagine the show going on without him. But it will!

Six long years of war are finally over. Two young returning soldiers (Hero and Claudio) fall head over heels, while two others (Benedick and Beatrice) resume their combative courtship.

The production is told in true Northern Broadsides style, broad Yorkshire accents and all no doubt, and set at the end of World War II. This romantic comedy was last performed by the company in 2000, but this fresh take on the play looks very interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing how they adapt it.

I’m also excited to learn that Reece Dinsdale (who played Joe McIntyre in Coronation Street) is starring in the production as Benedick. He’s a regular performer in the area, with starring roles popping up all over the place in Northern theatres. This comedic role will give him great chance to show off his skills in this area.

Director Conrad Nelson said: 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 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.”

Don’t miss the show, premiering at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 8th February – 2nd March before going on tour (coming to York Theatre Royal in May).

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