Professor Carol Chillington Rutter

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
Wyndham's Theatre
Directed by Josie Rourke

Shakespeare expert Professor Carol Chillington Rutter deconstructs the layers of plot and meaning in Much Ado About Nothing.

From the influence of Shakespeare's grammar school education to broader themes such as masculinity, Carol sheds light on a play complex with subplots, deception, and misunderstandings.

Production duration: 28 min 50 sec

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  • Unique high definition films of leading British theatre productions
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interviews with professional theatre makers
  • Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context
  • Written and filmed analysis of key scenes and speeches
  • Filmed teaching support resources

"This visual awareness of form and structure is vital for our students in their exam preparation"

Juliette McGirr
Acting Director for Teaching and Learning for English
Claremont High School Academy, Harrow

  • Productions

    Productions

    Unique high-definition films of leading British theatre productions.

  • Making Theatre

    Making Theatre

    Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries and interiews with professinal theatre makers.

  • Study Guides

    Study Guides

    Dynamic study guides featuring detail on character, language, themes and context.

  • Teaching Support

    Teaching Support

    Filmed practical theatre workshops that reveal text in practice, with supporting written material.

Cast & creative team

Characters

  • Leonato
    Jonathan Coy
  • Messenger
    Leo Staar
  • Beatrice
    Catherine Tate
  • Hero
    Sarah Macrae
  • Don Pedro
    Adam James
  • Benedick
    David Tennant
  • Don John
    Elliot Levey
  • Claudio
    Tom Bateman
  • Innogen
    Anna Farnworth
  • Conrade
    Lee Knight
  • Borachio
    Alex Beckett
  • Titus
    Joshua Berg
  • Margaret
    Natalie Thomas
  • Ursula
    Kathryn Hunt
  • Angus
    Derek Howard
  • Boy, Maria's Son
    Mario Marin-Borquez
  • Sexton
    Enzo Squillion Jnr
  • Dogberry
    John Ramm
  • Verges
    Mike Grady
  • George Seacoal
    Nicholas Lumley
  • Hugh Oatcake, Friar Francis
    Clive Hayward
  • Maria
    Hannah Warren - Green

Team

  • Josie Rourke
    Director
  • Robert Jones
  • Peter Mumford
    Lighting
  • Michael Bruce
  • Emma Laxton
    Movement
  • Georgina Lamb
    Sound
  • Robert Hastie
    Associate Director
  • Matt Towell
    Production Manager
  • Sonia Friedman Productions
    Producer
  • William Shakespeare
    Writer