The tour will conclude at London’s historic Gray’s Inn Hall – one of the few remaining original Shakespearean venues, having hosted the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors in 1594.
Set in a sun-drenched French village celebrating the new peace of 1945, Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing draws its inspiration from the beloved films of French comic genius Jacques Tati (Jour de fête; Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot; Mon Oncle). Combining the verbal fireworks of Shakespeare’s wittiest play with sharp physical comedy, this production is set to a score of live music and songs of the period.
Performed by a talented company of actors and musicians from both sides of the Channel, audiences are introduced to a cast of vibrant and eccentric characters as the peaceful village square of Messina becomes the battlefield for the ‘merry war’ between Beatrice and Benedick, whose love-hate relationship forms the comic heart of the play.
Antic Disposition’s Much Ado About Nothing will be staged at seven ancient cathedrals across England, including Ely, Gloucester, Peterborough, Ripon and Wakefield, as well as Southwell and Beverley Minsters. For its special London run of fifteen performances at Gray’s Inn Hall, the sixteenth-century wood-panelled hall will be transformed into a French village square, including pétanque court, local bar, and the opportunity to watch the story unfold from on-stage café tables complete with questionable waiter service.