Much Ado About Nothing (1998): Cheek By Jowl
PrMuch Ado About Nothing (1998)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Sarita Choudhury (Hero); Paul Goodwin (Don John); Matthew Macfadyen (Benedick); Stephen Mangan (Don Pedro); Bohdan Poraj (Claudio); Raad Rawi (Leonato); Saskia Reeves (Beatrice).
The first performance of this production was given on 12 February 1998 at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. It subsequently toured nationally and internationally, including to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY and at the Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen.
"Donnellan recasts Messina as turn-of-the-century England, and its returning army as toy soldiers, imperially bedecked in bottle green, with whiskers as neatly clipped as their cut-glarse vowels. Guffawing and cavorting in homoerotic scrums, the company offer up this chin-lite battalion in all its faint ridiculousness." ~ Brian Logan, "Okey blokey", Observer, 14 June 1998