On 5th July I was lucky enough to be at BurntOut Theatre's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Clandon Woods Natural Burial Grounds, near Guildford. In this idyllic corner of the Surrey Hills, an audience was treated to an afternoon of pure entertainment. In a meadow full of daisies and ladies’ lace we sat beside a still green lake while wit and an improbable story of young lovers and a villainous plot played before our delighted eyes.
The BurntOut Theatre Company specialises in productions of classic drama in unusual settings. This production, directed by Clemmie Reynolds and James Ball, of Alison Skilbeck’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” transposes the action from Renaissance Italy to Surrey in the 1920’s, The play takes on a new resonance...
[All the photos below are published with permission from © Marina Leigh unless otherwise stated.]
On Sunday 6th July, the Mayor of Guildford was at the play. Above is the whole company and a clearly thoroughly entertained Mayor!
All photos above © Marina Leigh
And when the happy ending arrived, as Dogberry cried happy tears at the double wedding of Hero and Claudio, Beatrice and Benedick, we cried with laughter, while the excellent swing band of Ian Young invited us to dance the Charleston and Black-Bottom alongside this talented cast.
I would like to apologise for two errors in my first posting of this review, now corrected. James Ball, not Alexander Scrivens, was the co-director and played Verges; Alexander Scrivens, not James Ball, played Don Pedro and Seacoal.
They're taking "Much Ado" to Wintershall, Guildford on 15th - 20th July 2014 - get your tickets here