June 6th–8th | Nagoya City Performing Arts Centre
English language with Japanese subtitles
Shakespeare meets the roaring 1920s in this exciting new adaptation of the Bard's greatest comedy. Brought to life through singing, live music, dance and a lavish set design, Much Ado About Nothing is the beauty of Shakespeare's language wrapped in glitz reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. A unique collaboration between local, professional and international theatre talent, the play will run for just 5 performances from June 6th to 8th at the Nagoya Performing Arts Centre in Shin-Sakae.
Originally written in 1598, this romantic comedy follows the turbulent love lives of two couples, Beatrice and Benedick, and Hero and Claudio. A play of sharp dialogue, slapstick action and feel good romance, Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare at his funniest and feistiest. “The struggle with Shakespeare is making it relevant for the audience,” says director Anthony Gilmore. “But Much Ado plays just like a modern-day romantic comedy. I think the audience will be immediately drawn into the glamorous 1920s world we are creating, and will connect quickly with the lives of these characters.”
For the period costume and set design, Nameless Theatre will collaborate with UK theatre design professional Max Jones. Internationally renowned for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe Theatre in London, Max has won numerous accolades for his work in Europe over the last decade. It will be a rare opportunity for theatregoers in Japan to experience a play built with a European design sensibility. Joining as cast member and musical director for live singing performances in the show is Nagoya-‐based singer and entertainer Prisca Molotsi. In addition to her numerous television appearances, Prisca is a much sought after singer, regularly playing to capacity audiences in jazz clubs and performance halls across Japan.
Performances will be held at the Nagoya Performing Arts Centre in Shin-Sakae on June 6th (Friday) at 6pm; June 7th (Saturday) at 1:30pm and 6pm; and June 8th (Sunday) at 1:30pm and 5pm.
Tickets are ¥4,000 in advance (¥4,500 at the door). Tickets are available online at namelesstheatre.org and through E+ (eplus.jp). Group ticket discounts are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 052 725 8216 for more information.