Shakespeare comedy in the gardens

Philip Poole as Don Pedro, Dave Nicholles (Benedick) and David Fricker (Claudio). in EODS' Much Ado About Nothing

Philip Poole as Don Pedro, Dave Nicholles (Benedick) and David Fricker (Claudio). in EODS' Much Ado About Nothing

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THIS summer EODS are performing Shakespeare’s wittiest comedy Much Ado About Nothing from July 27-August 6 at the Italian Gardens in Holywell.

Much Ado About Nothing is a fantastic comedy about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero.

Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a “merry war”; they both talk a mile a minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other.

In contrast, Claudio and Hero are young sweet people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.

By means of “noting” (which sounds the same as “nothing” and which is gossip, rumour and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar.

However, Dogberry, a Constable who is a master of malapropisms discovers the evil trickery of the villains, Don John and Borachio.

Schemes abound, misunderstandings reproduce rapidly and matches are made in this sparkling comedy.

There will be a specially built arena featuring covered seating, onsite toilets, bar (with hot and cold drinks), and homemade cakes.

Tickets cost £12 (with concessions) or £8 restricted view. Book at the Congress Theatre or call 412000.