A Rose Theatre Kingston, Granville & Parham Productions and Antic Face co-production
Directed by Simon Dormandy | Starring Mel Giedroyc
We are pleased to announce a new stage adaptation of Shakespeare's masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, a Rose co-production with Granville & Parham Productions and Antic Face, starring actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc.
Don Pedro is victorious. Having won a turf war down in the city, the Mafia overlord and his entourage take over the luxury spa hotel Messina in order to hide-out, party and recover deep in the Sicilian hills. As hotel owner Leonato fawns over his clan boss, his beautiful daughter Hero wins the heart of Claudio, the Don’s young protégé. Meanwhile the no-nonsense, customer experience manager Beatrice (Mel Giedroyc) has unfinished business to attend to with Benedick, Pedro’s commitment-phobic consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn.
Beneath its witty surface, Much Ado About Nothing is a powerful exploration of the struggle for love, identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world – as relevant today as ever before. Our production will use Shakespeare’s original language in a sharp contemporary setting that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy amid the furnishings of a spa hotel but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece.
The play marks the Rose's 10th anniversary and reunites Mel Giedroyc with director Simon Dormandy after they worked together in the UK première of Luce by JC Lee which played to full houses and great reviews at Southwark Playhouse in spring 2016. Not only a household name for her television presenting and comedy work, Mel is an outstandingly subtle, powerful actor, as well as a very funny one, and we’re sure, an unforgettable Beatrice.