by Lisa Middleton
Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespearean comedy at its finest! I had the great pleasure of attending the first preview of Much Ado yesterday, and it was positively enchanting. Here are a few highlights of the show that I think you’ll enjoy… regardless of your age!
- Real-life couple Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay bring their marital experience to the stage as the feuding Benedick and Beatrice. What are their thoughts about working together in these roles? Check out this great article from the Toronto Star. It is fabulous to watch the scornful Benedick and quick-witted Beatrice turn from enemies to lovers!
- Beeeeautiful Brazilian-inspired costumes and set! Santo Loquasto’s design for the production is stunning. You can almost feel the sea breeze through the theatre. The stage floor really sets the mood (the 30-foot palm trees help, too)! Check out this fabulous time-lapse video as the stage floor is painted — two weeks of work narrowed down to three minutes!
- Music and dance are blended into the production seamlessly. You’ll be swaying your hips as you leave the theatre – in keeping with the Brazilian flavour!
- The cast for Much Ado is both large and talented! Here are just a few of the Festival favourites you can expect to see on stage!
-Gareth Potter as Don John – both sinister and hilarious!
-Bethany Jillard as the sweet and innocent Hero
-James Blendick as Leonato – in his 29th Festival season!
-Juan Chioran as the prince Don Pedro
-Tyrone Savage as the impressionable and impassioned Claudio
-Richard Binsley as Dogberry, detective extraordinaire!
And so many more…
- You’ll laugh! I can’t wait to bring my five-year-old daughter to see Much Ado About Nothing. We’ve been preparing by reading Lois Burdett’s children’s book Shakespeare Can be Fun: Much Ado About Nothing. Now that she has a good grasp on the plot, I know that she’ll be laughing along with me!
- This will be the tenth time that we’ve presented Much Ado About Nothing. Take a look at these photos of the past nine productions!
Pssst, we’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the 2 p.m. performance of Much Ado About Nothing on May 1, 2012! Tell us why you’re looking forward to seeing this performance in the comment box below, and then send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your submission (you must do both to be eligible to win). We’ll announce the lucky winners on our blog on April 30, 2012 and contact them by e-mail with their tickets!