RSC’s full cast for Much Ado About Nothing
15 December 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the full cast for its new production of Much Ado About Nothing which is just starting rehearsals.
It has already been revealed that Michael Balogun and Akiya Henry will play Benedick and Beatrice in Roy Alexander Weise’s debut production for the RSC.
They will be joined by Toyin Ayedun-Alase (Verges), Micah Balfour (Don John), Rebecca Banatvala (Seacole), Michael Bartelle (Sexton), Mensah Bediako (Antonio), Christelle Elwin (messenger), DK Fashola (friar), Kevin N Golding (Leonato), Karen Henthorn (Dogberry), Aruna Jalloh (Oatcake), Sapphire Joy (Margaret), Curtis Kemlo (Borachio), Denver-Isaac Kwashe (Conrade), Mohammed Mansaray (Claudio), Taya Ming (Hero), Ann Ogbomo (Don Pedra), Luke Wilson (Balthasar) and Adeola Yemitan (Ursula).
Set design will be by Jemima Robinson, lighting design by Azusa Ono, sound design by Claire Windsor, dramaturgy by Anthony Simpson-Pike, movement direction by D K Fashola and costume design by Melissa Simon-Hartman. The production will feature an original score by Nigerian-born British guitarist and MOBO award-nominated musician Femi Temowo.
Much Ado About Nothing will run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford from Friday 4 February until Saturday 12 March 2022. Press night will be on Tuesday 15 February.