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‘Sigh no more’… Globe on Tour is returning to Calderstones Mansion House!

Written by Beth Pochin, 3rd April 2014

'Wow! Now THAT is life!’... These were the words of an audience member who attended last year’s sell-out performance of King Lear by The Globe on Tour, when the garden theatre at Calderstones Mansion House was unveiled for the first time in thirty years.

After such a wonderful success, we are overjoyed at The Reader Organisation to announce that The Globe are returning to Calderstones this June, with one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, packed with memorable lines, and - I think – two of Shakespeare’s wittiest characters.

Much Ado tells the tale of two love stories, one - between Hero and Claudio – of romance, open declarations of love, and drama; the other – between Beatrice and Benedick - a battle of sharp-wit, denial and passion from the play’s two favourite comedic characters.

Played previously by stars such as Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant, Beatrice and Benedict are renowned for their sharp tongue, and adorable denial of love. With these characters, Shakespeare has undoubtedly inspired many famous literary couples such as Austen’s well-known couple, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Like many of Shakespeare’s plays, Much Ado About Nothing comes with a host of lines and phrases, which remain present in our everyday lives… for example, the popular track Sigh no more, by Mumford and Sons, features a number of lines from Much Ado About Nothing.

Maintaining their prestigious reputation, The Globe on Tour wowed audiences last year with King Lear,

‘@The_Globe #Lear is exactly as touring Shakespeare should be. Snappy, high energy and inventive’.

With this in mind, we’re looking forward to a knock-out performance of Much Ado About Nothing and can’t wait to see what this year’s Benedick and Beatrice, played by Simon Bubb and Emma Pallant, have in store for us. And to top it all off, Calderstones Mansion House garden theatre is a truly perfect venue, as highlighted by an audience member last year, ‘The theatre garden really made it seem very personal.’

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Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday 12th June, 7:30pm
Friday 13th June, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Saturday 14th June, 2:30pm & 7:30pm


Ticket information:
Tickets are now on sale!

Price of tickets: £20

To purchase your tickets online, please visit: Shakespeare's Globe website. There is a transaction fee of £2.50 for online bookings.

Please contact The Globe’s Box Office on 020 7401 9919 if you want to book for a Group; if you require access bookings; if you have children U18 or would like to use Theatre Tokens.
N.B. Concessions do not apply to Senior citizens for theatre performances. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.

Tickets will sell out, so book yours now to make sure you don’t miss out!

Shared reading group members and volunteers

The Reader Organisation has a limited number of £15 discounted tickets for shared reading group members and volunteers which can be obtained through your group leaders.

If you have any questions, please contact Abi: abigailleader@thereader.org.uk

Join the conversation for this upcoming tour on Twitter by using the hashtag #MuchAdo

2 thoughts on “‘Sigh no more’… Globe on Tour is returning to Calderstones Mansion House!

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