Much Ado About Nothing @ OVO, St Albans, London [from 11 to 21 July]

Much Ado About Nothing

11 - 21
20:00 - 22:30

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OVO, St Albans
Maltings Arts Theatre, AL1 3HL Saint Albans
Open air at the Roman Theatre of St Albans | 11th-21st July 2018
Open air at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall | 27th-31st August 2018

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Adam Nichols and Janet Podd

Messina, a small town in America’s Midwest. A new decade dawns as the fabulous fifties twist and jive into the swinging sixties.

At Leonata’s Bar and Grill, girl band sensation The Heroines are on the brink of pop superstardom. When a group of soldiers returns from the war in the far east, the world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of partying, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in… love.

Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Because neither will admit their love, nothing seems likely to bring them together – until the intrigues of a fallen star with a dark heart force them to demonstrate their true feelings for each other…

With a live soundtrack featuring some of the greatest rock and roll and pop tunes ever written, Much Ado About Nothing follows in the footsteps of OVO’s award winning sellout summer smash hits As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Featuring the music of:
Elvis Presley | Dick Dale | Chuck Berry | Jerry Lee Lewis
The Vandellas | The Supremes | The Shangri-Las | The Ronettes


Leonata – Anna Franklin
Antonia – Jill Priest
Beatrice – Faith Turner

Hero – Amy Connery
Margaret – Jane Withers
Ursula – Steph Jones
Innogen – Sarah Priddy
Maria — Daisy-May Parsons
Joanna – Lucy Crick

Don Pedro – Rob Ferguson
Claudio – Andy Margerison
Benedick – Peter Bryans
Conrade – James Douglas
Padre Francis -Vince McLoughlin

Dogberry – Kieran Cummins
Verges – Helen Miller

Simon Nicholas, Elena Ollett,
Angharad Pugh-Jones, Kat Rogers

Lead Guitar – Tom Cagnoni
Bass Guitar and Double Bass – Jess Price
Keyboard – James Pitchford
Drums – Umi Nowaz
Trumpet – James Saxon
Saxophone and Clarinet – Nick Littlejohns


Directors – Adam Nichols and Janet Podd
Musical Director – Tom Cagnoni
Choreographer – Jill Priest
Set Designer – Simon Nicholas
Lighting Designer – Adam Bottomley
Costume Designer – Jacqui Emden
Properties – David Berryman
Production and Stage Manager – Matt Borgatti
Assistant Production and Stage Manager – Katherine Rowe
Deputy Stage Managers – Lindsey Baker, Sara Nicholas, Faye Pitchford
Graphic Designer – Adam Nichols
Photographer – Steve Arnold
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