Much Ado About Nothing Review

“This production of Much Ado About Nothing may have stars, but it is also wonderfully supported by the rest of the cast.”

David Tennant and Catherine Tate have been paired together for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which is currently running at the Wyndham’s Theatre directed by Josie Rourke. The run practically sold out before previews had started so it shows how popular this pairing are. I think many people may have gone to see a Shakespeare play because of David and Catherine. This particular version of Much Ado About Nothing has been adapted. It is now set in Gibraltar in the 1980’s and the production has wonderful music by Michael Bruce which perfectly captures the 80’s.

Catherine Tate and David Tennant (Photo Credit to Tristram Kenton)

The play’s plot mainly revolves around Beatrice (Catherine Tate) and Benedick (David Tennant) who can’t stand each other, but with some meddling by others they begin to fall for one another. There are also some subplots within the play including one revolving around the bad Don John (Elliot Levy), the bastard brother to the good Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon( Adam James). The other subplot is the relationship between Hero (Sarah Macrae) and Claudio (Tom Bateman) where some complications arise.

Much Ado About Nothing with David and Catherine is ridiculously funny. I was laughing so much at their Benedick and Beatrice that my sides were hurting.  David and Catherine are great fun to watch and listen to. I do think some of the audience were a bit too enthausiastic with laughing at things that weren’t particularly funny, but hey, maybe I just don’t have the same sense of humour as them. Their chemistry is electric and the audience seemed to really root for their characters to get together. I think David is such an appealing actor. He has incredible comic timing and really engaged with the audience.

Sarah Macrae and Tom Bateman are also impressive as Hero and Claudio, especially impressive because this play marks their West End debuts and Tom’s professional debut!  Jonathan Coy as Leonato was a joy to watch. I also thought Elliot Levy as Don John was great- although he didn’t have much to do which was a shame.

This production of Much Ado About Nothing may have stars, but it is also wonderfully supported by the rest of the cast which includes Alex Beckett, Joshua Berg, Anna Farnworth, Mike Grady, Clive Hayward, Derek Howard, Kathryn Hunt, Lee Knight. Nicholas Lumley, John Ramm, Enzo Squillino Jnr, Leo Staar, Natalie Thomas and Hannah Warren-Green.  I highly recommend getting to Much Ado About Nothing (if you can get tickets- they do a lottery every day!), it’s a different experience of the play, but definitely different in a good way!

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