Shakespeare’s timeless rom-com on its way to The Place

Rehearsals for Much Ado About Nothing
Rehearsals for Much Ado About Nothing

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies comes to The Place next week, courtesy of Bedford Drama Company.

Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of Beatrice and Benedick, two intelligent and independent people in love but who cannot admit it.

Also involved are Hero and Claudio, more naïve lovers, whose tale has darker overtones of jealousy and revenge, forcing Benedick to make a choice between his wife-to-be and his best friend.

Director Richard Moon has set the production in modern day Messina, in Sicily. He said: “Shakespeare set the play in Messina and I took the view that he knew what he was doing, while performing in modern dress makes the characters real and present.

“The joy of Shakespeare is that he lets us engage with an audience in ways that are frowned on by later authors. We can have a lot of fun along the way.”

Much Ado About Nothing is at The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, from October 21 to 24.

Tickets are priced at £9.50 and £8 for concessions. They are available online via www.theplacebedford.org.uk or from The Place Box Office (01234) 354321. Weekday performances begin at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 3pm.