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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JOSIE ROURKE (Director) Read More

Josie Rourke is the Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, London, and she will become the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse from January 2012. Her production of Men Should Weep ran at the NT at the end of last year. She trained at the Donmar Warehouse, as the Resident Assistant Director. She was subsequently Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court and Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres. Theatre includes: Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew, Chicago Shaksepeare Theatre; King John and Believe What You Will, RSC; The Unthinkable, Much Ado About Nothing and The Long & Short & The Tall, Sheffield Theatres; Loyal Woman and crazymuthafuckin'self, Royal Court; My Dad's a Birdman, Young Vic; and World Music and The Crytogram, Donmar Warehouse. Josie took part in Playhouse: Live on Sky Arts in which she directed a new play by Eve Ensler at the Riverside Studios and live on Sky Arts/ Directing at the Bush Theatre includes: How to Curse, Tinderbox, 2000 Feet Aware, Wrecks, Apologia, If There Is I haven't Found It Yet, and Like a Fishbone.

ROBERT JONES (Designer) Read More

Theatre includes: in the West End, The Wizard of Oz, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, When We Are Married, Ragtime, The Goodbye Girl, Dance of Death (also Australia), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Secret Rapture, Benefactors, Lautrec, Jolson (also Canada and Australia), Rock 'n' Roll (and Broadway), Calender Girls (And UK tour, Australia and Canada), Heroes (And Los Angeles), The Sound of Music (and Toronto, UK tour and Tokyo). Also The King and I, Royal Albert Hall, On the Town, English National Opera and Paris Chatelet. RSC more than 15 productions, including Pentecost, The Herbal Bed, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Henry VIII (and New York), Othello, The Winter's Tale, and Hamlet. NT: Look Back in Anger, Noises Off, (and West End, UK tour and Broadway) and The Playboy of the Western World. Almeida: The Mercy Seat, Ruined, There Came a Gypsy Riding and The Late Hnery Moss. Donmar Warehouse: Lobby Hero, Divas, Black Comedy/The Real Inspector Hound and A Voyage Round My Father. Chichester Festival Theatre: The Music Man, Hay Fever, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Also, Rebecca and Aspects of Love, (UK tours), Scenes from a Marriage, Belgrade and Coventry and productions for Hampstead, the Bush, the Tricycle, Sheffield Crucible and Manchester Royal Exchange. Opera includes: Tristan and Isolde, Tokyo; Giulio Cesare, Glynebourne, Lille and Chicago; Le Couronemenet de Poppee, Paris and Berlin; The Elixir of Love, ENO; Manon Lescaut, Gothenberg; Don Carlo, Frankfurt and Anna Bolena, Metropolitan Opera, New York. Film includes Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. Awards include, two Olivier's and the Drama Logue and Canadian Dora Award.

PETER MUMFORD (Lighting) Read More

Theatre includes: The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Parlour Song, Rosmersholm, Hedda Gabler, Cloud Nine, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Earth and the Great Weather, The Storm, Venice Preserved, The Winter Guest, and The School for Wives, Almeida; Stephen Ward, Top Hat, Absent Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, The Lion in Winter, The Misanthrope, An Ideal Husband, Carousel, and Fiddler on the Roof, West End; The Same Deep Water as Me, Donmar Warehouse; Circle Mirror Transformation, Love and Information, Jumpy, Our Private Life, Sucker Punch, Cock, The Seagull, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, and Dying City, Royal Court; King Kong, Regent Theatre, Melbourne; Betrayal, Sheffield Crucible; The Last of the Duchess, Hampstead Theatre; Testament, Dublin Theatre Festival; A Streetcar Named Desire, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis; Heartbreak House, Chichester Festival Theatre; Pictures from an Exhibition, Young Vic; Scenes from an Execution, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Hothouse, and Exiles, National Theatre. Opera and dance include: The Damnation of Faust, Lucrezia Borgia, Elegy for Young Lovers, Punch and Judy (also Geneva), Bluebeard’s Castle, and Madam Butterfly, English National Opera; Faster, E=MC2, Royal Ballet; Pelleas and Melisande, Mariinsky; The Soldier’s Tale and Pierrot Lunaire, Chicago Symphony; Madama Butterfly, Faust, Carmen, Peter Grimes, 125th Gala, New York Met; Eugene Onegin, LA Opera / Royal Opera House; Passion, Minnesota Opera; La Cenerentola, Glyndebourne; Carmen (also set design); Petrushka, Scottish Ballet; Il Trovatore,Paris; Fidelio, Two Widows, Don Giovanni, and The Ring, Scottish Opera; The Midsummer Marriage, Chicago Lyric Opera; The Bartered Bride, Royal Opera House. Awards include: 1995 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for The Glass Blew In (Siobhan Davies) and Fearful Symmetries (Royal Ballet), the 2003 Olivier Lighting Award for The Bacchai (National Theatre), the Knight of Illumination Award in 2010 for Sucker Punch (Royal Court) and the Helpmann Award for Best Lighting (Birmingham for King Kong in 2013.

MICHAEL BRUCE (Music) Read More

Music: Michael Bruce is an award-winning composer and lyricist. Writing includes: Men Should Weep, NT; the multi-award winning Ed, Trafalgar Studios and Edinburgh Fringe; Michael Bruce at the Apollo, Apollo; The Great British Country Fete, UK tour, Latitude Festival and Bush; Julie Atherton: No Space for Air (album), Claudia Morris: Love and Demons (Album), The Grimm of Stottesden Hall (The Wireless Theatre Company), Holes, New Wimbledon Studio; Beyond, workshop, Drill Hall; Christmas in New York 2007/08/09, Lyric and Prince of Wales; Helen of Troy, Little Angel; Pirates of the Caribbean, Theatre Royal, Lincoln; Hey Diddle Diddle...., Edinburgh Fringe; and Rigged, Edinburgh Fringe. Michael is the first composer-in-residence for the Bush Theatre, London. Orchestrating and arranging include: Friday Night Is Music Night, BBC Radio 2; Ruthie Henshall in Concert, Guidhall; Christmas in New York (The Album), three installments of Christmas in New York (For which he also wrote the title song) and Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Michael is also musical director and arranger of a series of musical adverts for The recipient of the Notes for the Stage Prize for song writing, his debut album Michael Bruce:Unwritten Songs entered the iTunes vocal chart at Number 1.

EMMA LAXTON (Sound) Read More

Theatre includes: The Heretic, Royal Court; Precious Little Talent, Trafalgar Studios; Hansel and Gretal, The Core at The Cube, Corby; Charged, Clean Break at the Soho Theatre; Men Should Weep and Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, National Theatre; My Romantic History, Sheffield/Bush; Miss Lily Gets Boned, Finborough; Travels with My Aunt, Northampton Theatre Royal, Sisters, Crucible Studio, Like a Fishbone, The Whiskey Taster, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, 2nd May 1997, Apologia, The Contingency Plan, Wrecks, Broken Space Season; 2000 Feet Away and Tinderbox, Bush; Timing, King's Head Theatre; Ghosts, ATC, Arcola; Treasure Island, Theatre Royal, Haymarket; A Christmas Carol, Chichester Festival Theatre; Welcome to Ramallah, iceandfire; Pornography, Birmingham Rep/Traverse; Europe, Dundee Rep/Barbican Pit; Other Hands, Soho Theatre; The Unthinkable, Sheffield Crucible; My Dad's a Birdman at the Young Vic and The Gods Are Not To Blame, at the Arcola; Royal Court, Off the Endz!, Tusk Tusk, Faces in the Crowd, That Face (and Duke of Yorks), Gone Too Far!, Catch, Scenes from the Back of Beyond, Woman and Scarecrow, The World's Biggest Diamond, Incomplete & Random Acts of Kindness, My Name Is Rachel Corrie (and Playhouse/Minetta Lane, New York/Galway Festival/Edinburgh Festival), Bone, The Weather, Bear Hug, Terrorism and Food Chain. Emma is an associate artist at the Bush Theatre and the associate sound designer for War Horse.

GEORGINA LAMB (Movement) Read More

Theatre includes: as movement director/choreographer: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Frontline, Shakespeare’s Globe; Precious Little Talent, Trafalgar Studios; Electra, Gate; The Game of Love and Chance, Salisbury Playhouse; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Headlong; The Three Musketeers, Rose, Kingston; The Duchess of Malfi, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Glass Cage, Royal and Derngate, Northampton; Macbeth, Open Air, Regent’s Park; Gambling, Soho Theatre, also co-director; Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company; Lulu, Gate/Headlong; A Christmas Carol, Chichester Festival Theatre; King Lear, Headlong/Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic; Far from the Madding Crowd, English Touring Theatre; Macbeth, Chichester Festival Theatre / West End / New York BAM and Broadway; Six Characters in Search of an Author, Chichester Festival Theatre / Headlong / Gielgud and Sydney Festival; Gambling/Rough Cuts, Royal Court; The White Devil, Menier Chocolate Factory; The Glass Menagerie, Young Vic (Jerwood Prize); Gilgamesh, National Theatre Studio; Paradise Lost, Headlong; Faust, Hampstead/Headlong; The Shops, The Opera Group, Linbury, Royal Opera House; The Golden Goose, Library Theatre, Manchester; The Birds, Oily Carte; Cutter, Lyric Hammersmith Studio/Half Moon; Autobiography of a Face, Lyric Hammersmith Studio and Dirty Kissing and Sixteen Up, Boxclever. Film and television include: choreography for Hansel and Gretel (Children’s BAFTA nomination); Once Upon a Time, Macbeth, Far from the Madding CrowdDoctors, EastEnders, Whitechapel, Some Dogs Bite and Sugar Rush. Directing includes: Gambling, Soho Theatre, co-director; Cake, Lyric Hammersmith Studio; Moments in Motion, Jackson’s Lane Arts Centre; Pretending to Talk, Battersea Arts Centre; Cushioned Souls, Pleasance, Edinburgh; The Band, National Youth Theatre / Soho Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, The Buzz and Hate Play, Boxclever; Hansel and Gretel and Poor Ted, OnO Theatre Company and Service Charge, Frantic Assembly / Lyric, Hammersmith, co-director. Performing includes: credits at the National Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Manchester Royal Exchange, Northampton Royal and Derngate, Frantic Assembly, Hampstead, Scarborough Stephen Joseph, Trestle, Leicester Haymarket, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Opera House, Manchester Library Theatre, Pilot Theatre Company, Fecund Theatre, Gecko and the National Theatre Studio.

ROBERT HASTIE (Associate Director) Read More

Robert trained as an actor at RADA and this is his first show as an Associate Director. Acting includes: Onassis, at the Novello; Nation and All's Well that End's Well, National Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, Lamb House; Down by the Greenwood Side, Opera Group; The Caretaker, Glasgow Citizens; Tartuffe, Liverpool Playhouse; Frankenstein, Frantic Assembly and Northampton Theatre Royal; Rough Crossings, Headlong; The Importance of Being Earnest, Derby; Nicholas Nickleby, Chichester; Great Expectations, RSC and Cheek by Jowl; Lear, Sheffield Crucible and Forty Years On at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Robert won the BBC Carlton Hobbs Award for Radio in 2004.

MATT TOWELL (Production Manager) Read More

Matt left Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1989 and began working in stage management for the Cambridge Theatre Company, Manchester Royal Exchange and the RSC. He staged-managed tours including Tommy and Crazy for You before moving into production management. Theatre includes: West End: The Wizard of Oz, Private Lives, Legally Blonde, La Bete, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical; The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, Bombay Dreams, Acorn Antiques, Smaller, Tonight's the Night and Movin Out. RSC: Troilus and Cressida, A Month in the Country, The Dispute and Tantalus. Number one tours: Grease, Cats, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, Starlight Express, Fosse, Chicago and The Sound of Music. International theatre: Cats (Sao Paulo), Saturday Night Fever (Johannesburg), Mamma Mia! (South Africa and world tour), Starlight Express (New Zealand), Cats (Germany and Italy) and currently Batman Live (world arena tour).


Sonia Friedman Productions is one of the West End’s most prolific and significant theatre producers, responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and on Broadway over the past few years. Since 1990, Sonia has initiated and produced over 100 new productions. West End and Broadway productions include: Betrayal by Harold Pinter, starring Kristin Scott Thomas; The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook (also on Broadway); Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (also on Broadway); Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris; The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman, starring Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss; A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau, in a version by John Mortimer; The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon, starring Jeff Goldblum; Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita by Willy Russell; La Bete by David Hirson, starring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley (West End and Broadway); All My Sons by Arthur Miller, starring David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker; Private Lives by Noel Coward; Legally Blonde the Musical by Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach; La Cage aux Folles, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein (also on Broadway); A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller (also on Broadway); Othello by William Shakespeare, starring Lenny Henry; Prick Up Your Ears by Simon Bent, inspired by John Lahr’s biography and the diaries of Joe Orton; The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn (Broadway); A Little Night Music, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, directed by Trevor Nunn (also on Broadway starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury); Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel; Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans (also on Broadway and UK tour); No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, directed by Rupert Goold, starring Michael Gambon, David Bradley, David Walliams and Nick Dunning; The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Christopher Hampton, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard (Broadway); Maria Friedman: Re-arranged; Under the Blue Sky by David Eldridge, starring Catherine Tate and Francesca Annis; That Face by Polly Stenham, starring Lindsay Duncan; Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber; Herge’s Adventures of Tintin adapted by David Greig and Rufus Norris; Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard, directed by Trevor Nunn (also on Broadway); In Celebration by David Storey, starring Orlando Bloom; The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, starring Lee Evans and Jason Isaacs; Donkeys’ Years by Michael Frayn; Love Song by John Kolvenbach; Bent by Martin Sherman, starring Alan Cumming; Faith Healer by Brian Friel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Broadway); The Woman in White, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Trevor Nunn; Celebration by Harold Pinter, cast including Kenneth Cranham, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Rea, Penelope Wilton; Shoot the Crow by Owen McCafferty, starring James Nesbitt and Conleth Hill; Otherwise Engaged by Simon Gray, starring Richard E Grant and Anthony Head; As You Like It starring Helen McCrory, Sienna Miller and Dominic West; The Home Place, a new play by Brian Friel, starring Tom Courtenay; Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark, starring Kim Cattrall; By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr, starring Holly Hunter; Guantanamo: ‘honor bound to defend freedom’ by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo; Endgame by Samuel Beckett, starring Michael Gambon and Lee Evans; Jumpers by Tom Stoppard, starring Simon Russell Beale; Calico by Michael Hastings, starring Imelda Staunton and Romola Garai; See You Next Tuesday by Francis Veber, adapted by Ronald Harwood, starring Nigel Havers and Ardal O’Hanlon; Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson, starring Rosamund Pike; Absolutely! (perhaps) by Pirandello, in a new version by Martin Sherman, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Joan Plowright; Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet, starring Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver, Hank Azaria and Kelly Reilly; Ragtime, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally; Macbeth starring Sean Bean and Samantha Bond; What the Night Is For by Michael Weller, starring Gillian Anderson and Roger Allam; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols, starring Eddie Izzard, Clive Owen and Victoria Hamilton (also on Broadway); Afterplay by Brian Friel, starring John Hurt and Penelope Wilton; Up for Grabs by David Williamson, starring Madonna; On an Average Day by John Kolvenbach, starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan; Noises Off by Michael Frayn (also on Broadway); Benefactors by Michael Frayn; Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan (transfer to New Ambassadors); Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke (transfer to Arts, associate producer); Maria Friedman at the New Ambassadors; Marc Salem’s Mind Games; A Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni in a new adaptation by Lee Hall; Port Authority by Conor McPherson; Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall, starring Kathryn Hunter; Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet; In Flame by Charlotte Jones; The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd, starring Simon Callow; The Late Middle Classes by Simon Gray (UK tour); and Last Dance at Dum Dum, a new play by Ayub Khan Din. Sonia has also produced The Man of Mode, Road and Three Sisters at the Royal Court, and Our Country’s Good. She produced Maria Friedman by Special Arrangement at the Donmar Warehouse.

Prior to forming SFP, Sonia spent three years as the producer for the Ambassador Theatre Group. Before joining ATG she was the producer and co-founder of Out of Joint, now one of Britain’s leading theatre companies. From 1989 to 1993 she was a producer at the National Theatre, specialising in touring productions and theatre for young people.

SFP is a subsidiary of the Ambassador Theatre Group.

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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.

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