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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Some cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. 

David Tennant and Catherine Tate appear together on stage for the first time in William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.

Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s great plays and reminds us all of the failings and triumphs of the human condition in our never ending search for perfect love.


Tennant and Tate sparkle in Much Ado… a supremely well cast production. 


Rourke’s production has a freshness and a wit that is often irresistible… a mixture of slapstick and flight that reduces the audience to a state of blissful hilarity. 

Daily Telegraph

A winner. 

Daily Express

The feel-good hit of the summer. 

Financial Times

This one looks sure to be a big summer hit. 

Evening Standard


Captured live at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre, London in September 2011.

Production photography © Johan Persson/Arenapal.


Available with English language Captions by Stagetext.


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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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