Thursday, 20 September 2018

Globe to make its debut at Theatre Royal

THE world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe company brings one of the bard’s most celebrated comedies to Windsor next

THE world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe company brings one of the bard’s most celebrated comedies to Windsor next month, when

Much Ado About Nothing
takes to the Theatre Royal stage from August 6 to 8 (Thursday to Saturday).

The highly acclaimed company are making their first and much-anticipated debut appearance in Windsor — bringing to life a fresh version of one of Shakespeare’s most popular, entertaining and dramatic comedies.

Much Ado About Nothing tells the tale of two intertwining romances: one impetuous, the other reluctant.

Union seems unstoppable for Claudio and Hero, who meet, fall desperately in love and plan to wed within a week.



But an embittered villain never strays far from the narrative of a Shakespearean comedy, and

Much Ado About Nothing
is no exception, as Don John devises a sinister, slanderous plan to ruin the wedding.

Contrasting the youthful lovers, Beatrice and Benedick go to great lengths to conceal their mutual affection. Romance seems impossible for the quarrelsome pair, who feign disinterest, hurl insults and spout mockery.

But how long can two of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most endearing lovers sustain the banter without admitting their true feelings? With tumultuous twists, the tale weaves wit, mirth, surprise and suspense, as the universal game of love plays out.

Much Ado About Nothing has a very similar style to our contemporary romantic comedies, and while the romance and obstacles to the union of Claudio and Hero form the main plot, the real entertainment can be seen in Benedick and Beatrice, and their unconventional relationship.

Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse for which he wrote and premiered many of his greatest plays, and is located on London’s Bankside.

Under the leadership of artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole, the Globe Theatre season plays in repertory from April to October, and has gained an international reputation for excellent performances, while Shakespeare’s Globe’s newest venue, the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, presents plays throughout the winter.

For the past five years, Globe Theatre On Tour has taken productions to castles, festivals, parks, town squares and theatres across the land. Previous productions have included

Henry V
,

Anne Boleyn
,

As You Like It
,

King Lear
and

The Taming of the Shrew
.

With nightly shows at 8pm and matinées at 2.30pm on Friday and Saturday, tickets range from £13 to £35, with group bookings available.

Tickets are available from the box office on 01753 853888 or from www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk



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