Much Ado About Nothing

July 2014 – Little Moreton Hall

“There can be no more pleasant place to watch a Shakespeare comedy on a bright summer’s evening, than in the beautiful courtyard of Little Moreton Hall”

The Sentinel

Press release

Poster designed by Barbara Evans

Every July award-winning local company, Alsager Community Theatre, stages a production in one of the most intimate and delightful acting areas in Cheshire, the courtyard of the National Trust property, Little Moreton Hall (or in a marquee there if the weather is wet). This year the group will be performing Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.

Peace breaks out and a number of gentlemen soldiers arrive at the home of Leonato, Governor of Messina, for a house party. These include Benedick and his new best friend, Claudio; as well as Don Pedro and his illegitimate brother Don John. Thus the stage is set for partying, match-making, courtship and mischief. The tone turns darker when the life of Leonato’s daughter, Hero, is threatened by a dastardly plot, and broad humour is provided by the town watchmen led by constable Dogberry (famed for his glorious malapropisms) and his side-kick Verges.  Much Ado not only features one of the most famous pairs of sparring would-be lovers in English literature: Beatrice and Benedick, but a host of strong and memorable characters.

Director Diana Lane tells us “Much Ado is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved and most accomplished comedies, and ACT is fortunate to have attracted a very strong cast for this production, including two very talented and experienced actors well-known throughout North Staffordshire playing the fabulous roles of Beatrice and Benedick: Jane Procter and David Bryan. We are also very excited to have original music specially created for this production by local composer Richard Tadman, whose group of musicians will be performing live before and during performances.”

This play will be performed at Little Moreton Hall from the 10th – 12th and 17th – 19th July 2014.

Directed by Diana Lane

Cast

LeonatoDavid Astill
BenedickDavid Bryan
BeatriceJane Procter
Don PedroMark Jeffries
ClaudioJacob Jeffries
HeroRachel Mullock
Don John/SextonRichard Bateman
BorachioJames Tomkinson
DogberryMichael Turner
Verges/AntoniaJacky Machin
Ursula / WatchmanRobyn Mather
Margaret / Messenger / WatchmanBethany Colclough

Photography by Keith Plant