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11 July: Much Ado About Nothing (outdoor theatre)

Outdoor Theatre at Logie Steading with Illyria

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Claudio loves Hero, and Benedick hates Beatrice. This is just as well, because Hero loves Claudio and Beatrice hates Benedick. Everyone laughs when Don Pedro plays a trick on Benedick and Beatrice, letting each think that they are secretly loved by the other. But it is no laughing matter when Don John plays a trick on Claudio and Hero, deceiving Claudio into thinking that Hero is not faithful to him.

Murderous rage is unleashed, and death can be the only solution… Or can it? Perhaps one last trick may resurrect the innocent dead, restore broken relationships – and even create an unlikely union of Benedick and Beatrice!

Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they have performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John O-Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They are the only UK open-air touring company to have won no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best.

11thJuly 2020. Show starts at 7pm, you’re welcome to come and set up from 6pm.

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Tickets are available from Logie Steading Gallery either by telephone or in person, and online here.

Ticket Prices:

Adult £16, Child (up to 16) £6, Age 60 and Over, and concessions £14. There is a small booking fee for online bookings.

There are various ticket offers for groups and families bookable at Logie Steading Gallery (not online).

10% off tickets to all 3 performances if bought at the same time

School/youth groups: 1 free adult for every 10 children

Family/friends ticket: 2 adults + 3 children for the price of 2 adults and 2 children (one child goes free)

Carers attending disabled visitors may have a free ticket.