Much Ado About Nothing
With David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the verbally sparring antagonists,
Josie Rourke’s vibrant, sun-kissed revival of Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, set in
the 80’s, was bound to be a hot ticket.
There’s decent work in the supporting roles – from Jonathan Coy’s defensive
father, Elliot Levey’s uncomfortable villain, and (making his professional
debut) Tom Bateman’s hunky, jealous Claudio.
But it’s impossible to take one’s eyes off Tennant’s mercurial Benedick who,
with a broad Scottish accent and starched white uniform, arrives in a golf
buggy (rather than the Tardis), covers his Superman T-Shirt in paint and
sports a micro-mini skirt with aplomb before accepting that he does indeed
And although Tate can’t match his range or subtlety, she
successfully conveys the vulnerability beneath her sarcastic put-downs in
this fast-paced, fun production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Wyndhams, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA
0844 482 5120
Tube: Leicester Square
Until 3rd September
£16-£61.00 (Day seat lottery 20 top price seats available at £10)
– Louise Kingsley