This past weekend, I watched a friend of mine perform in Fox and Chips’ production of Much Ado About Nothing at The Pack and Carriage Pub close to Mornington Crescent station, North London.
This is the upbeat Shakespeare play about Claudio and Hero, sorry Benedick and Beatrice. Let’s be honest the storyline of Benedick and Beatrice does tend to steal the show. What can be more interesting than two people who are determined to never fall in love – who do fall in love – with each other…?
Much Ado About Nothing may be familiar to some who’ve seen the movie adaptation with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. Those of you who are not Shakespeare fans, of course, and who have read it or seen it performed before.
The Fox and Chips’ production is set in the 80’s and, as it’s being performed in a pub, it allows the actors to interact with the audience in a way that a traditional theatre space rarely allows. Overall, the actors are very good and do justice to Shakespeare. I would say, the difficulty with Shakespeare is to make the text sound like natural speech. With a play like Much Ado About Nothing, were most of the action seems to take place in the middle of a party, to speak your lines naturally, would be essential.There’s also a good chemistry between the actors, especially important if there is a romance invloved.
As you may have already figured out, I truly enjoyed watching this production. Despite it’s darker elements and a bit of melodrama, it’s very light-hearted. It runs Sundays and Mondays until July 26, if anyone should get inspired to go see it.