The Queensland Theatre Company are marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with the staging of one of his greatest comedies “Much Ado About Nothing”.
The new production of the world’s original romantic comedy, directed by Jason Klarwein, opens tonight (April 28) and runs until May 15 at the Playhouse at Brisbane’s QPAC.
“In a lush setting under the moon and stars, a group of locals will fall in love and tear each other apart simultaneously,” Jason explained.
“This story also stars extraordinary live acapella which will morph classical, modern, beatbox and more in a brilliant musical jigsaw, performed by three of Brisbane’s best vocalists under the direction of Gordon Hamilton.”
Gordon Hamilton has composed music for the Shakespearean songs featured in the play and also incorporates his own version of pop hit “Hey Ya” by OutKast.
“Much Ado About Nothing is a wonderful look at the battle of the sexes and the freedom of individuals. The common perception of the play is that it is a little comedy that is really all about nothing, but on closer inspection, this is not the case. Not at all,” Jason said.
“It’s really much ado about human nature. It takes a brutal, albeit funny, look at how men treat women.”
Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is on now and runs until May 15 at the Playhouse, QPAC. More details and tickets are available from QueenslandTheatre.com.au.