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Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened - before peace ultimately wins out.Performers Edward Bennett (Benedick), Sam Alexander (Don John), John Arthur (Antonio), William Belchambers (Canrade), Paige Carter (Ursula), Rebecca Collingwood (Hero), Lisa Dillon (Beatrice), Nick Harris (Francis Pickbone/Butler/Officer/Musician), Nick Haverson (Dogberry), John Hodgkinson (Don Pedro), Tunji Kasim (Claudio), Emma Manton (Margaret), Chris McCalphy (Sexton), Peter McGovern (George Seacole), Chris Nayak (Borachio), Jamie Newall (Friar Francis), Steven Pacey (Leonato), Roderick Smith (Verges), Jamie Tyler (High Oatcake), Harry Waller (Balthasar), Anna Wheatley (Housemaid).
Author Shakespeare. Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Producer Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Christopher Luscombe. Design Simon Higlett. Lighting Oliver Fenwick. Music Nigel Hess. Sound Jeremy Dunn. Choreographer Jenny Arnold. Director Gabrielle Dawes (casting director). Director Helena Palmer (casting director).
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