First Look at…Much Ado About Nothing, Rose Theatre

Production images have been released for the Rose Theatre’s production of Much Ado About Nothing which opens at the theatre tonight…

Mel Giedroyc (Beatrice), Kate Lamb (Hero) & Katherine Toy (Ursula). C - Mark Douet
(c)Mark Douet. 

Don Pedro is victorious. The turf war in the city is won and the Mafia overlord brings his entourage to Messina, a luxury spa hotel deep in the Sicilian hills, to hide out, recover and party. While Leonato, the hotel owner, fawns over his clan boss, his daughter, Hero, wins the heart of the Don’s young protégé. Meanwhile, Beatrice, the no-nonsense, customer-experience manager, has unfinished business to see to with Benedick, Pedro’s commitment-phobic consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn.

Much Ado About Nothing. Cast. C - Mark Douet 1
(c)Mark Douet. 

Marking the Rose Theatre’s 10th anniversary,  Simon Dormandy directs actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc alongside John Hopkins (Midsomer MurdersPoldark) as feuding lovers Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.

The cast also includes:e Peter Bray (Don John/House Clerk), Sam Dastor (Antonio/Verges), Peter Guinness (Don Pedro), Victoria Hamnett (Margaret/Watchman), Kate Lamb (Hero), Calam Lynch (Claudio), Caolan McCarthy (Conrad/Friar), Nicholas Prasad (Borachio), David Rintoul (Leonato), Katherine Toy (Ursula/Hugh Oatcake), Stewart Wright (Dogberry) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (Balthazar/George Seacole).

Much Ado About Nothing. John Hopkins (Benedick) & Mel Giedroyc (Beatrice). C - Mark Douet.jpg
(c) Mark Douet. 

The production includes designs by Naomi Dawson, lighting by Paul Pyant, choreography by Jason Piper and sound design by Jon Nicholls.

Much Ado About Nothing. Cast. C - Mark Douet.jpg
(c) Mark Douet. 

Much Ado About Nothing will continue to play at the Rose Theatre until the 6th May. For more information visit:

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