Much Ado About Nothing - New Wolsey Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing

Performed from Tue 18 — Sat 22 Oct

Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon

Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon

Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon

The image shows two men and two women sitting at a long wooden table, their backs against a brick wall. On the left is Benedick, standing up while the others remain seated, and exclaiming something to the back of Beatrice's head, a glass in one hand and his other hand up in defence. Beatrice, wearing a yellow top, faces towards the camera, away from him, tipping her wine glass slightly and looking exasperated. Beside her are Hero and Claudio, engrossed in each other's company, about to kiss. White and yellow text above the four figures reads 'Much Ado about Nothing: Not everyone finds love so straightforward. By William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Robert Hastie.' The image includes the Ramps on the Moon and Sheffield Theatre logos.

A Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon Production
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Robert Hastie

‘I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?’

Besotted young couple Claudio and Hero have fallen fast and are quickly engaged. Not everyone finds romance so straightforward – Benedick balks at the very thought of it and Beatrice agrees with him, on that if nothing else. But somewhere in this world, there’s someone for everyone, even if they’re right under your nose.

A beloved comedy by William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing is a story as endearing as it is funny, with quick-witted rivals and sweetheart dilemmas, and this contemporary adaptation directed by Robert Hastie, with an impressive cast of 18, promises to be just the feel-good treat we all need.

The show comes to Ipswich from the world-famous Sheffield Theatres and is made in association with Ramps on the Moon, the pioneering initiative committed to putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.

* Every performance features the use of integrated creative sign language, embedded audio description and captioning. *

This production explores themes including violence, emotional abuse, alcohol abuse, death, sexism and misogyny.
These themes are not performed on the stage, but are within the writing and script.

You can purchase a digital screen reader friendly version of the programme for £2 once you have selected your seats, before going to the checkout.

Cast & Creatives

Daneka Etchells — Beatrice

Daneka Etchells

Lee Farrell — Verges

Lee Farrell

Laura Goulden — Margaret

Laura Goulden

Amy Helena — Seacole

Amy Helena

Karina Jones — Antonia

Karina Jones

Kit Kenneth — Balthasar

Kit Kenneth

Os Leanse — Swing/Understudy

Os Leanse headshot

Leo Long — Oatcake

Leo Long

Gerard McDermott — Leonato

Gerard McDermott

Taku Mutero — Claudio

Taku Mutero

Fatima Niemogha — Don Joanna

Fatima Niemogha

Caroline Parker — Dogberry

Caroline Parker

Dan Parr — Don Pedro

Dan Parr

Shreya Patel — Ursula

Shreya Patel

Lois Pearson — Alternate Ursula/Swing

Lois Pearson headshot

Richard Peralta — Friar

Richard Peralta

Guy Rhys — Benedick

Ciaran Stewart — Conrade

Ciaran Stewart

Claire Wetherall — Hero

Claire Wetherall

Ben Wilson — Borachio

Ben Wilson

William Shakespeare — Writer

Robert Hastie — Adaptor and Director

Peter McKintosh — Designer

Ian Scott — Lighting Designer

Sam Glossop — Sound Designer

John Biddle — Composer

Emily Howlett — British Sign Language Director

Chloë Clarke — Audio Description Director

Jacob Sparrow — Casting Director

Alexandra Whiteley — Assistant Director

Joanna Goodwin — Movement Director

Brian Duffy — British Sign Language Consultant

Emma Dawber — British Sign Language Interpreter (Lead)

Reviews of Much Ado About Nothing

What the press say

★★★★★ 'Exceptional and exceptionally moving'

The Guardian

★★★★ 'This is Shakespeare as it should be: inclusive, accessible and diverse. Ramps on the Moon’s twist is a winning one – this really is as merry as the day is long.'

The Stage

★★★★ 'A smart and tender production'

The Telegraph

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