Much Ado About Nothing (2000)

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by William Shakespeare

Directed by Matthew Bartlett

Performances: Tue 1st – Sat 5th February 2000, Bell Theatre


Lovers of Shakespeare seem to divide roughly into two camps. Those who loathe the very idea of doing anything with the plays except perform them in contemporary Shakespearean fashion, contest furiously with those who argue that their very brilliance enables them to speak across cultures, periods and fashions, finding relevance wherever they touch down.

It is the job of a director to meet a text on its own terms; to examine the issues of character and plot therein and, with the cast, to create a world on stage which answers those issues and exists purely for itself. As such we ask you not merely to suspend your powers of disbelief, but to actively engage your powers of belief in the world we have created. Surely what matters is not what this group of princes and lords is wearing, but what they say and how they behave? Concentrate on this, and the staging becomes irrelevant.

To some extent, all of Shakespeare's plays have internal problems of staging, character and plot. In order to succeed, firm decisions have to be made about key moments of character and plot development. The less obvious they are - the more successful we have been. We are lucky with Much Ado About Nothing in that it contains very few such headaches but there are some, and we have to deal with them as we see fit in the knowledge that they could not be ignored - you can decide for yourselves whether we are successful.

Matthew Bartlett


+ Because of the indisposition of Ricky Cannon, his part in at least one evening's performance was taken by Andrew Rickinson.



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See Also

Much Ado About Nothing (1971)

Much Ado About Nothing (2014)



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