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    Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

    • 16 Oct -
      09 Nov 2019
      16 Oct - 09 Nov 2019

    Celebrating stf’s 20th Bristol Season!

    Directed by Elizabeth Freestone / Designer Jean Chan / Composer and Sound Designer Chris Warner / Lighting Designer Nic Farman / Movement Director Maria Clarke / Production Manager Nic Prior

    Ursula Alice Barclay
    Beatrice Dorothea Myer-Bennett
    Leonato Christopher Bianchi
    Hero/Verges Hannah Bristow
    Don Jon/Sexton Georgia Frost
    Margaret Bethan Mary-James
    Benedick Geoffrey Lumb
    Claudio/Oatcake Imran Momen
    Dogberry Louise Mai Newberry
    Don Pedro/Seacole Zachary Powell
    Borachio/Friar Alex Wilson

    Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) return to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn to celebrate their 20th Bristol season. Elizabeth Freestone (Henry V) is back to direct Shakespeare’s comedy about the precarious path to finding love.

    Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

    Home from war, a group of soldiers attempt to put their fighting days behind them. But adjusting to civilian life isn’t easy, especially when love is thrown into the mix. How do you let go of your demons? How do you learn to be your real self again? And what does that mean for the friendships that helped you survive?

    Much Ado About Nothing explores how hard it is to be vulnerable and how we navigate the precarious path to love. It’s an examination of  the lies we tell each other – and ourselves. Looking at deception and self-deception, Shakespeare’s play is a riotous story of trickery and pretence – both the innocent playful kind that might help two people find each other as well as the darkly treacherous kind that might have terrible consequences.

    With a vivid array of characters each with passionately held beliefs about themselves and the world, Much Ado About Nothing is a tumultuous and unpredictable play about finding yourself and your happiness.

    I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?

    is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages its May – Dec 19 season

    • RUNNING TIME3hrs (inc. interval)
    • TICKETSFrom £12 (limited availability). Please select Buy Tickets for more details.
    • VENUE

    Matinee Thu 31, Thu 07 & Sat 

    No show Sun

    Performances on Wed 16 – Mon 21 October are previews.

    POST SHOW TALK Please join us after the 2.30pm performance on Thu 31 October for a free post show discussion.

    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Mon 21 October. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

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      "The mixed aged audience cheering at the end is testament to the freshness that persists. With productions of this calibre, STF has got at least another 20 years in it"

      Stagetalk Magazine
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      "The show really is a delight... ultimately it relies on an absolutely great cast and Shakespeare's verse"

      Whats On Stage
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      "Freestone handles the play’s tonal shifts deftly, equally comfortable in the comic antics of the eavesdropping scenes and the ugliness of the disastrous wedding scene"

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      "STF's take on this tale of trickery is fresh, radical and quite hilarious. Under the direction of Elizabeth Freestone, gender-blind casting allows strong female renditions of characters"

      The Reviwers Hub
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      "An evening of lighthearted fun with subtle undertones of the dark realities of war"

    • "Director Elizabeth Freestone mines all the play’s sharp-tongued humour and disquieting duplicity to create a contemporary romantic comedy with a dark heart"

      British Theatre Guide
    • "A true delight – like so many stf productions – will hopefully show people that Shakespeare really can be just as spellbinding to a modern audience"

    • "This is a terrific production with fabulous visuals, unflagging energy and brilliant actors"

      Morrison Crysse

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