Last performance tonight: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Little Moreton Hall this July
Every July, the award-winning local group is invited by the National Trust to perform in the courtyard of Cheshire’s most delightful historic manor house, Little Moreton Hall. This year’s production is Shakespeare’s celebrated comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
Peace breaks out and a number of gentlemen soldiers arrive at the home of Leonato, Governor of Messina, for a house party. These include Benedick and his new best friend, Claudio; Don Pedro (Prince of Arragon) and his illegitimate brother Don John. Thus the stage is set for partying, match-making, courtship and mischief. The tone turns darker when the life of Leonato’s daughter, Hero, is threatened by a dastardly plot. Broad humour is provided by the town watchmen led by constable Dogberry (famed for his glorious malapropisms) and his side-kick Verges. Much Ado not only features one of the most famous pairs of sparring would-be lovers in English literature: Beatrice and Benedick, but boasts a host of interesting and rewarding parts for men and women of all ages.
Director Diana Lane tells us “Much Ado is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved and most accomplished comedies, and ACT is fortunate to have attracted a very strong cast for this production, including two very talented and experienced actors well-known throughout North Staffordshire playing the fabulous roles of Beatrice and Benedick: Jane Procter and David Bryan. We are also very excited to have original music specially created for this production by local composer Richard Tadman, who will be performing live before and during performances.”
Much Ado About Nothing is performed on 10th, 11th and 12th July and on 17th, 18th and 19th July 2014 at 7.30pm. Audience members are free to picnic on the lawns at Little Moreton Hall beforehand, and there is a marquee for performances in the event of wet weather.
Ticket details here, photo gallery here and a full copy of the Press Release here.