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Much Ado About Nothing

2019

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Designer Jean Chan

Celebrating stf’s 20th Bristol Performing Season

 ‘I feel privileged to have had the chance to make Henry V with stf, and am honoured to be asked back to create a new production for 2019, the company’s 20th anniversary year. Much Ado About Nothing seems the natural choice. It’s an interesting follow-on from Henry V in some ways, telling the story of soldiers coming home from conflict and finding how to adjust to civilian life. It also feels very fitting for today, exploring deception and self-deception, looking at the roles we play in order to fit in. And ultimately, with its playful riffs and vibrant characters, it is a joyful celebration of love and language, the perfect way to mark stf‘s magnificent milestone.’ Elizabeth Freestone stf‘s Fourth Guest Director.

Image Design: by FutureKings. Made with Unsplash.

PRESS REVIEWS HENRY V 2018

★★★★ The GuardianA fine, deeply thoughtful production, which raises the question of what war does to its victors as much as to its victims. Strong performances across the impressive ensemble cast’ Natalie Haynes

★★★★ The Times ‘Presented by the Bristol-based company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory with a drum-tight ensemble, it’s a deft and timely portrayal of a divided nation forced to rally behind an uncertain leader… moment after moment pierces and startles’ Sam Marlowe

★★★★ The Sunday Times The most intelligent, compelling and pertinent Shakespeare production I have seen for some time. A real accomplishment’ Patricia Nicol

★★★★ Stage ReviewA bold and exhilarating production’ Anne Cox

★★★★ Bristol Post ‘Crisply acted with rewarding innovations … a cast without fault’

Bath Chronicle
‘Ben Hall as Henry leads a strong ensemble whose delivery is uniformly excellent  … engaging, fine acting and staging, a refreshingly new approach’

Swindon Advertiser ‘Breath-Taking. An engaging, thrilling and deeply moving piece of theatre’ Sarah Singleton

Fine Times Recorder ‘A triumph… A thrilling, thought provoking version of Henry V’ Gay Pirrie – Weir

★★★What’sOnStage ‘ The play’s the thing, as it’s always been for this terrific company’ Kris Hallett

★★★Stage ‘A realistic, at times brutally grim view of warfare, with Hall finding a voice of steel’ Jeremy Brien

★★★ Stage Talk MagazineA strong cast who are all at home in the language’ Graham Wyles

A Writer’s Life BlogTowering central performance in an impressive production. Ben Hall oustanding.. Also superb is Heledd Gwynn’s Katherine’ Crysse Morrison