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Dukes makes Much Ado

Published: 17 February 2019

The Dukes in Lancaster is preparing to host Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy from March 5 to 9.

Much Ado About Nothing, the latest co-production by Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre (featured in a recent episode of the BTG podcast), is an adaptation of the famous love story set at the end of World War Two when returning soldiers swap the booming battlefield for a landscape of love, masked balls and much-needed laughter.

Northern Broadsides director Conrad Nelson said, “in 2000, I played Benedick opposite my future wife, Deborah McAndrew, for Northern Broadsides—the last time the company performed the play. I know a little bit more about love now and a little bit more about drama and it is a privilege to bring this feelgood masterpiece to life again.”

David Upton