Much Ado About Nothing: 18th and 19th August 2017

This production was a thoroughly entertaining and accessible piece of Shakespeare. The original language was maintained, but the story was transported into the 1980s, complete with punks, new romantics, nods to blockbuster movies, and excerpts from a variety of 80s’ hits.

The war is over and the 80s is in full swing. Duke Leonato is visited by Prince Pedro and his wingmen Benedick and Claudio. Claudio falls in love with the Duke’s daughter Hero and their marriage is agreed.

Meanwhile, the Prince’s punkish illegitimate sister contrives a malicious plot: Claudio is misled into thinking that he has witnessed Hero in a compromising situation on the night before their wedding…
Will all be resolved in amongst the unfolding turmoil of 80s’ pop music?!

“Getting involved in this production was great, it left me with a new found appreciation of Shakespeare, experience of performing in a professional theatre setting and helped me make new friends. I felt like I’d accomplished something and it gave me a real boost to my confidence.”

Rachel Hands as Watchman 1

“It was really great playing Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing which was set in the 80s.”

Marcus Wise as Conrad

“Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favourite plays of all time, and getting to be part of TADS’ production of it was a real dream come true! Doing it with an 80s twist and getting to perform at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury was especially fun!”

Katie Preedy as Beatrice
Watch the full production here