Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

David Tennant and Catherine Tate star as reluctant lovers Benedick and Beatrice in Shakespeare's timeless comedy directed by Josie Rourke.

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CAST IN ORDER OF SPEAKING Read More

JONATHAN COY as Leonato Read More

His work in theatre includes Racing Demon at the Sheffield Crucible; A Month in the Country at the Chichester Festival Theatre; The Power of Yes and Democracy at the National Theatre; Nicholas Nickleby in Chichester, West End and Toronto; Donkey's Years, What the Butler Saw and Neville's Island in the West End; Bear Hug at the Royal Court; A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Almedia and According to Hoyle, The Fastest Clock in the Universe, The Philanderer and Hedda Gabler at the Hampstead. Film and television includes Conspiracy, The Lost Prince, Downton Abbey, The Old Curiosity Shop, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse, Silas Marner, Northanger Abbey, Brideshead Revisited, Rumpole of the Bailey and Hornblower. Radio includes St. Joan, Murder in Samarkand and Gush.

LEO STAAR as Messenger Read More

Leo Starr trained at Guildford School of Acting. His work in theatre includes Hamlet and After the Dance at the National Theatre; Pride and Prejudice at Bath Theatre Royal and on UK Tour; The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival and Journey's End at Electric in Guildford.

CATHERINE TATE as Beatrice Read More

Her work in theatre includes Season's Greetings, The Prince's Play and The Way of the World at the National Theatre; Under the Blue Sky and Some Girls in the West End; Exonerated at the Riverside Studios and A Servant of Two Masters at the RSC. Film includes Gulliver's Travels, Monte Carlo, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution, Starter for Ten Love and Other Disasters, Sixty Six and Scenes of a Sexual Nature. Television includes The Catherine Tate Show (RTS Awards - Best Television Newcomer, Best Comedy Performance, Best Entertainment Programme, British Comedy Awards - Best Television Newcomer, Best Actress, People's Choice Award, National TV Awards Best Comedy Programme), Doctor Who (TV Choice and TV Quick Awards - Best Actress), Little Crackers: My First Nativity, Nan's Christmas Carol, The Bad Mother's Handbook, Wild West and Big Train. Screen writing includes The Catherine Tate Show (series and Christmas Special), Nan's Christmas Carol and Little Crackers: My First Nativity (writer/director.)

SARAH MACRAE as Hero Read More

Her work in theatre includes Men Should Weep at the National Theatre.

ADAM JAMES as Don Pedro Read More

His work in theatre includes Tiger Country at the Hampstead; Blood and Gifts (Best Supporting Actor nomination Whatsonstage Awards) and Gethsemane at the National Theatre; The Pride (MCC Theatre, NY, Drama Desk Nomination, Lucille Lortel Award Best Supporting Actor), Now or Later and My Child at the Royal Court; Rabbit at the Old Red Lion, Trafalgar Studios and 59E59 Theatres in New York; French Without Tears for ETT; The Importance of Being Earnest on tour; Poor Superman (Best Newcomer nomination, MEN Awards), Time and the Conways, Snake in a Fridge and King Lear at the Manchester Royal Exchange; The Glass Menagerie at the Chichester Minerva; Chimes at Midnight at Chichester Festival Theatre; Lone Star and Private Wars at Bristol Old Vic and A View from the Bridge at Theatre Royal, York. Film includes Last Chance Harvey, Mother of Tears (Best Actor Nomination, David Di Donatello Awards), Road to Guantanamo, De-Lovely and Prima Dammi Un Bacio. Television includes Law & Order: Los Angeles, Miranda, Lewis, A Touch of Frost, Foyle's War, The Execution of Gary Glitter, Doctor Who, Hustle, Jonathan Creek, Hotel Babylon, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Ashes to Ashes, Extras, Waking the Dead, Judge John Deed, Love Soup, Casualty, Murder on the Orient Express, Band of Brothers, Silent Witness, Sleep with Me, Wired, Bonepickers, The Commander, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in my Heart, England Expects, Reversals, As If, Trust, The Lost Battalion, Let Them Eat Cake, Sharpe's Regiment and Cold Lazarus.

DAVID TENNANT as Benedick Read More

His work in theatre includes Hamlet (Critic's Circle Award), Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors (Ian Charleston Award commendation), As You Like it, The Herbal Bed, The Rivals and The General from America at the RSC; The Pillowman and What the Butler Saw at the National; Lobby Hero (Olivier Nomination) at the Donmar Warehouse; Push Up at Royal Court; Look Back in Anger (CATS Award), Merlin and Hay Fever at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh; Comedians for the Oxford Stage Company; King Lear and An Experienced Woman Gives Advice (MEN Award Nomination) at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Vassa for the Almedia at the Albery; The Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy for the Donmar at the Comedy Theatre; Hurlyburly at Queen's; The Slab Boys Trilogy at the Young Vic; The Glass Menagerie (TMA Award nomination), Long Day's Journey Into Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Tartuffe at Dundee Rep and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Antigone, Scotland Matters and Jump the Life to Come for 7:84. Film includes Fright Night, Decoy Bride, Glorius 39, St. Trinians: The Legend of Fittons Gold, How to Train Your Dragon, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Bright Young Things; The Last September and LA Without a Map. Television includes United, Single Father (RTS Award nomination), Hamlet, Doctor Who (four television awards, three TV Quick and TV Choice Awards, BAFTA Cymru, TV Times Award), Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Einstein and Eddington, Extras, Learners, Recovery (RTS Award nomination), The Catherine Tate Show, Casanova, Blackpool, He Knew He Was Right, The Quatermass Experiment, Secret Smile, People Like Us, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Takin' Over the Asylum, The Bill, This Is Jinsy and Rab C Nesbitt.

ELLIOT LEVEY as Don John Read More

His work in theatre includes Danton's Death, The Habit of Art, All's Well that Ends Well, England People Very Nice, Henry IV Parts I & II and His Dark Materials at the National Theatre; The Comedy of Errors at the RSC; Love's Work and Three Sisters on Hope Street at Almedia; Take Flight at the Menier Street Chocolate Factory; On Religion and On Ego at Soho Theatre; How Much Is Your Iron? and Monkey! at the Young Vic; Tonight We Fly at Trestle; On Love and Perdition at the Gate; The Reckless Are Dying Out at Lyric Hammersmith; Lifted Up From Earth, Arabian Nights, Milk and Blood and The Soldiers Tale at Battersea Arts Centre; Macbeth at Piccadilly; The Warp and The Tempest. Film includes The Queen, Last Chance Harvey, Filth and Wisdom, Song of Songs, Supertex, An Hour in Paradise, Book of John, Dominoes, Judas and Jesus, Jason and the Argonauts and Jesus. Television includes Hotel Babylon, Robin Hood, Sex and the City, Beau Brummell, EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, 1906, Amnesia, Lump in My Throat, Sirens, Fat Friends and Lovejoy.

TOM BATEMAN as Claudio Read More

Tom Bateman trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where appearances have included the title role in Coriolanus and, most recently, Cliff in Caberet (Wilton's Music Hall). Tom is due to graduate this year. Much Ado About Nothing was Tom's professional debut.

ANNA FARNWORTH as Innogen Read More

Anna Farnworth trained at LAMDA. Her work in theatre includes The Circle at Chichester Theatre Festival and UK Tour, The Waltz of the Toreadors at the Chichester Minerva; Jebwabne at Soho; Schippel the Plumber at Watford Palace; Schools Girls in Uniform at Battersea Arts Centre; Pride and Prejudice on UK tour; Jane Eyre for Theatre Clwyd; The Chainsaw Manicure at the Etcetera theatre; The Importance of Being Earnest at the Aldwych; The Basset Table at the New End theatre; The Tender Husband for Magnificent Theatre Company tour and Vertigo at Chester Gateway. Film includes V for Vendetta, The Sea Change, Orlando, A Night with a Woman, A Day with Charlie and Jack and the Professor. Television includes Doctors, Afterlife, MIT, Great Industrial Wonders of the World, The Commander, EastEnders, Anna Karenina, Scarlett, Jewels and Robert Schumann: the Last Years.

LEE KNIGHT as Conrade Read More

Lee Knight trained at Drama Centre, where appearances included The Winter's Tale, The Rehearsal, The White Devil, Star Chamber, House of Desires, The Crucible, Ivanov, Major Barbara, Two Planks and a Passion and Colors at Tristan Bates. Film includes Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Much Ado About Nothing was Lee's professional stage debut.

ALEX BECKETT as Borachio Read More

His work in theatre includes The Dark Philosophers for Told by an Idiot; Is Everyone OK? for Nabakov; Blue Heaven - Monny's Kid at the Finborough; The Exquisite Corpse for True Fiction; Natural Selection at Theatre503; The Brothers Grimm and Hamlet at Creation Theatre; Swallow Song at Oxford Playhouse; 24 Hour Plays for Old Vic New Voices; Letters at Union, The Hotel in Amsterdam at Donmar Warehouse and Fen at the Finborough. Television includes Twenty Twelve, A Child's Christmases in Wales, Phoneshop, Married Single Other, The Scum Also Rises, The Bill, Emmerdale and The Hotel in Amsterdam.

JOSHUA BERG as Titus Read More

Much Ado About Nothing is Joshua's professional and West End debut.

NATALIE THOMAS as Margaret Read More

Natalie Thomas trained at Drama Centre, where appearances included Hamlet, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, You Can't Take It with You, The Changeling, Emilia Galotti, Awake and Sing, Three Sisters and You Never Can Tell. Theatre includes Macbeth for Custom/Practice; After the Dance at the National Theatre and The House of Gingerbread at Edinburgh Festival. Television includes Desperate Romantics.

KATHRYN HUNT as Ursula Read More

Her work in theatre includes Broken Hearted at the Derby Playhouse, Stepping Out at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Skylight, Broken Glass, The Winter's Tale (Best Supporting Actress nomination, Manchester Evening News Awards), Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Racing Demon, The Merchant of Venice, Breaking the Code, The Birthday Party, A Christmas Carol, Working and The Writing Game at the Library, Manchester; The Ghost Train (Best Supporting Actress nomination, Manchester Evening News Awards), La Mandragola, Derby Day and Time and the Conways at the Octagon, Bolton. Film and television includes Holby City, Doctors, Drop Dead Gorgeous (two series, British Comedy Award), Waterloo Road, The Royal, Coronation Street (regular), Now You See Her, Fat Friends (two series), Where the Heart Is (three series), Bloomin' Marvellous, Reckless, Cold Feet, In Suspicious Circumstances, Cracker, Darkest Light and Girl's Night. Radio includes over 100 projects for BBC Radio including Book at Bedtime, Women's Hour afternoon stories, plays and readings for features and religious programming.

DEREK HOWARD as Angelo Read More

His work in theatre includes An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville; Major Barbara, The Revenger's Tragedy and The History Boys at the National Theatre; The Country Wife at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; Art on Middle East tour; Solid Gold Cadillac at the Garrick and Yvonne Arnauld; Robbers at Tristan Bates; The Tempest for Creation Theatre Company; The Wizard of Oz at Secombe Theatre; Popcorn on UK tour; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Up and Under and Stags and Hens at Queen's, Hornchurch; Boys in the Band and Anna Christie at Library Theatre, Manchester; The Undertaking for Gay Sweatshop; Elegies at the Criterion; The Knocky for Young Playwright Festival at the Royal Court and Torch Song Trilogy at the Landor Theatre. Film and television include Cor, Blimey!, Harry & Cosh, Coogan's Run, Luv and Possessions.

MARIO MARIN-BORQUEZ as Boy, Maria's Son Read More

ENZO SQUILLION JNR as Balthasar & Sexton Read More

His work in theatre includes A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York's; Fabrication at the Print Room; Don't Look Now at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Sheffield Crucible; Of Mice and Men at Coventry Belgrade; The Buddy Holly Story at Victoria Palace and Plymouth Theatre Royal; A Touch of Spring at The Mill Theatre; Torn Apart for UK Tour; James and the Giant Peach on UK tour; Eurovision at Sydmonton Festival; Boxing Clever and Cuban Crisis at Soho theatre; No More Sitting on the Old School Bench at Sheffield Crucible; Saturday Night Fever on UK tour; Guys and Dolls and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Film includes Nine, Swag, Superstition, Incendiary and Mamma Mia! Television includes Above Suspicion, Deadly Intent, Zen, Law and Order, The Knock I - IV, Judas, Jack of Hearts, Birds of a Feather, London's Burning, The Labours of Erica, Coasting, The Old Boy Network, The Hutton Enquiry, EastEnders, The Bill, Nothing Like A Royal Show, Saturday Matters, Spy TV and Doctors.

JOHN RAMM as Dogberry Read More

His work in theatre includes The Deep Blue Sea at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Edinburgh Traverse; Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; A Christmas Carol at the Rose, Kingston; Little Dolls and The Flooded Grave at the Bush; Tartuffe at the Liverpool Playhouse; Ring Round the Moon at the Playhouse; King Lear and Nicholas Nickleby at Chichester Theatre; And Then There Were None at the Gielgud; Good at the Donmar Warehouse; An Inspector Calls at the Garrick; Hamlet at Epiocene; Dog in a Manager and Pedro the Great Pretender at the RSC; The Wonders of Sex at the National; Twelfth Night at Manchester Royal Exchange; The Cherry Orchard, The Swineherd Prince and Uncle Vanya at Birmingham Rep; Shakespeare: the Truth, The Mysteries of Sex, Love Upon the Throne and The Messiah at the National Theatre of Brent and Cymbeline, The Golden Ass and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe. Film and television Come Fly with Me, 2012, Shakespeare in Love, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, My Family, Foyle's War, The Palace, Losing It and Robin Hood.

MIKE GRADY as Verges Read More

His work in theatre includes Skyvers, Big Wolf, Once a Catholic and The Catch at the Royal Court; Chips with Everything, Peter Pan and The Irish Play at the RSC; His Girl Friday at the National Theatre; Measure for Measure for Complicite/National Theatre and touring Europe and India; The King and Me, Hands Off My War Memorial, Hamlet, Shaken Not Stirred, Aladdin, You Must Be the Husband, Jack and the Beanstalk, Flamingoes, I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell and Green Julia. Film includes The Return of the Pink Panther, Carry On Loving, Bert Rigby You're A Fool, Britannia Hospital and Up the Front. Television includes Citizen Smith, Last of the Summer Wine, Skins, Holby City, Up the Garden Path, Casualty, Not with a Bang, Coronation Street and numerous plays and sketch shows. Radio includes A Whole 'Nother Sotry, Dial M for Pizza, Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off, Up the Garden Path and Waggoner's Walk. Other work includes audiobook readings Far Cry by John Harvey, The Act of Love by Howard Jacobson, The Complete Works of Arthur C. Clarke, Sacred Treason by James Forrester and Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres. He has written The Actor's Tale for a new Millennium Publishing edition of The Canterbury Tales.

NICHOLAS LUMLEY as George Seacoal Read More

His work in theatre includes After the Dance, Never So Good and Afterlife at the National Theatre; The Company of Men at the Orange Tree; Porridge on UK tour; Looking for Buddy at Newcastle Live Theatre and Bolton Octagon; Sergeant Musgrave's Dance and Richard II at the Old Vic; The Sound of Music at the Apollo, Victoria; The Canterbury Tales at the Garrick; A Chorus of Disapproval at the Lyric; The Baker's Wife at the Phoneix; Timon of Athens at the Young Vic; Bellman's Opera at The Pit; Richard II and Richard III at the Phoenix; Brighton Rock at the Almedia; The Beaux Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Kiss Me, Kate at the RSC; The Merchant of Venice, Olenna and Educating Rita at Salisbury and Chichester and The Hired Man, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, Habeas Corpus, Travels with my Aunt, Cherry Orchard, Little Voice and Rope at the Watermill. Film includes Winterflight, Stormy Monday Goal!, Right Hand Drive and Across the Universe. Television includes Enid, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Bill, Lovejoy, Kavanagh QC, Wycliffe, Catherine Cookson's The Secret, Holby City, Crossroads, Wilderness, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Derailed.

CLIVE HAYWARD as Hugh Oatcake & Friar Francis Read More

His work in theatre includes Private Lives at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Earthquakes in London at the National Theatre; Julius Caesar at the Tobacco Factory; Twelfth Night at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre; The Elephant Man at Sheffield Lyceum and on tour; A Small Family Business at the Watford Palace; A Chorus of Disapproval at the Mill in Sonning; Cyrano de Bergerac at Manchester Royal Exchange; The New Statesman on UK tour; Ducktastic at Albery; The Play What I Wrote on UK tour; Blithe Spirit at Brewhouse; Masterpieces: Coward Revue at Birmingham Rep; The Shakespeare Review for international tour; The Merry Widow at Holland Park Opera and Oh, What a Lovely War! and The Frogs at the National Theatre.

HANNAH WARREN - GREEN as Maria Read More

Hannah Warren - Green trained at Drama Centre, where appearances included The Winter's Tale, The Rehearsal, Tonight at 8.30 and All My Sons. Her work in theatre includes the Sam Wanmaker Festival at Shakespeare's Globe; Tattoo at the Tristan Bates and The Haunting on UK tour. Much Ado About Nothing was Hannah's West End debut.

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Customer Comments

I travelled from California to London just to see this show live. I liked it so much I went right back to see it a second. It is a marvelous production with two stunning leads and a very strong cast. EVERYONE should watch this. Thank you Digital Theatre for giving us the chance to re-live the magic!

Goldeen Ogawa, US

Very well done! Love David Tennant and Catherine Tate!!

Maya McKenzie, US

I live in Brazil and having these perfect actors playing in my notebook is speechless. Thank you, Digital Theatre for making it possible.

Luíza Seara Schiewe, BR

Thank you Digital Theatre for making Much Ado available to watch. I saw this in London in July and loved it. Now I can watch it again and again. What a lovely Christmas present.

Sue Crome, UK

A truly hilarious and touching production!

Steve Beirnaert, BE

Blooming FANTASTIC!!

Denise Smith, UK

Thank you Digital Theatre for making Much Ado About Nothing available to those of us who are unable to see such productions because of where we live. It was fantastic - especially the cast!

Alyssa Reid, CA

love everything about this, most especially David Tennant and Catherine Tate insulting the heck out of each other as Benedick and Beatrice

Aisling Brown, UK

Wow, just wow! I just found out about Digital Theater and my first play was "Much Ado About Nothing". David Tennant has been my favorite Hamlet so far, and now he's my favorite Benedick.(although Kenneth Branagh is a close second). I can't wait to see more great productions.

Cathy Tenzo, US

Well produced and staged, brilliant characterization by both Tennant and Tate.

Marjorie Butcher, AU

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