Much Ado about Much Ado

Performing a Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon for the Royal Shakespeare Company has to be top of most actors’ bucket lists.

A group of performers from Vision Theatre Company, based in Haverfordwest, can now cross that off their list. The cast of the company’s acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing last year applied to take the show to the RSC’s summer festival this year – and their application was accepted.

They made the three-and-a half hour trip to Warwickshire where they delighted audiences at The Dell – the RSC’s outdoor space.

This Much Ado used the traditional text, but transported the action to the seedy Hotel Messina – somewhere close to ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm. The show was very well received.

Director Arron Evans said: “With a newly edited 90-minute script and less than 14 hours rehearsal, it was a whirlwind process to recapture the essence of our original production and develop something brand new as we tackled performing in an open air theatre – another first for Vision Theatre Company – that we only got to see an hour before we performed. The process was a fully collaborative effort and a masterclass in teamwork”.

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