The casting for the first ever production to take place at the reFASHIONed theatre has been confirmed.
Much Ado About Nothing will be performed at the reFASHIONed Theatre from the 23rd August until the 24th September, presented by The Faction theatre company.
Directed by Mark Leipacher, the cast for the production will include: Daniel Boyd (Royal Shakespeare Company’s Oppenheimer; Headlong’s Romeo and Juliet; BBC’s The Hollow Crown) and star of the BBC hit Shetland Alison O’Donnell (Headlong’s Boys; Dolls at The National Theatre Scotland) as Beatrice and Benedick.
The pair will be joined by Caroline Langrishe (BBC’s Judge John Deed, Outnumbered and Lovejoy),Jude Owusu (Royal Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar; The Comedy of Errors at National Theatre; BBC’s Father Brown), Harry Lister Smith (Trevor Nunn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream;BBC’s War and Peace), Tala Gouveia (Husbands and Sons at National Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe), Christopher Hughes, Jamie Maclachlan and Lowri Izzard will make her professional stage debut as Hero.
The production will also feature a number of ‘digital cameos’ including Four Weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow CBE, Rufus Hound and Goodness Gracious Me actress Meera Syal CBE. These pre-recorded cameos have been created by digital content specialists Dusthouse, and will be projected into the space as news reports and CCTV footage as part of the 21st century refashioning of the production.
The reFASHIONed theatre is an intimate 122 seat auditorium which is well suited to hold this contemporary production of Shakespeare’s play. Presented by The Faction, Much Ado About Nothing is set against a landscape of high style, tabloid journalism, CCTV and iconic events.
Co-director Rachel Valentine-Smith said: “We are beyond excited to create Much Ado About Nothing with a company of such lively, intelligent, and playful actors. Everyone brings a unique experience and energy to the process, which is exactly what you need for a project like this.”
This modern production will feature seat designs by George Glassby, lighting by Chris Withers and projections by Chris McGill for Dusthouse.
Much Ado About Nothing will run at the reFASHIONed theatre at Selfridges from the 23rd August until the 24th September. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://billetto.co.uk/en/g/selfridges-refashioned-much-ado-about-nothing