William Shakespeare's

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Ellie Jones

The Sainsbury Theatre

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Wednesday 5 April at 7:30pm*
Thursday 6 April at 2pm*
Tuesday 11 April at 7:30pm
Wednesday 12 April at 2pm
Thursday 13 April at 7:30pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, including an interval.

*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the East End of London, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy explores misunderstandings, love and deception.

Thought to have been written in 1598-99, Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. It was first performed from 1600 and continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays, touching on themes such as love, honour and deception.

Ellie has combined theatre-based work with a wide range of critically acclaimed site-specific productions. These include The New World Order - based on some of Pinter’s short plays – at the Brighton Festival and at the Barbican Bite Festival, The Erpingham Camp by Joe Orton on Brighton Pier (both of these for Hydrocracker Theatre Company), As You Like It at Arundel Festival and A Christmas Carol, under the arches at Southwark Playhouse where she was Artistic Director from 2007-2010.

She was Associate Director at Sheffield during Samuel West’s reign where she first directed Finn Kennedy’s How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, later revived at Southwark Playhouse to great critical acclaim. She also directed a Sheffield tour of The Elephant Man.

Other productions include: Macbeth (RSC), Invincible (St James Theatre) which was nominated for Best Ensemble and Best Director at the Off West End Awards, Once We Were MothersStrange Orchestra and Man of Letters by Tim Firth (all Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Daisy Pulls It Off (Sherman, Cardiff), God of Carnage (National tour), Tanzi Libre (Southwark Playhouse) Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest and The Importance Of Being Earnest (New Wolsey, Ipswich), The BFG (Derby Live) and According to Brian Haw for YMT.

Ellie has recently joined the team of writer/directors creating short musical film, Vanishing Point, Miss Interpreted and Dirty Stop Outs and Adventure in Space for the Looping The Loop Festival.

Ellie is a regional producer for BAC’s Collaborative Touring Network and also runs the street theatre company Melon Twisters who bring their own brand of madness to the streets of Kent.

Ellie's recent credits include: #chipshopthemusical (Freedom Studios) and Invincible (Orange Tree Richmond and St James London).

Contains weapons, guns, blood, violence, adultery, intimacy, abuse and fights.

Photos: Zoë Birkbeck

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Ellie Jones*

Cory Shipp*

Assistant Director
Robert Elwood

Music Support
Luke Byrne*

Voice Director
Jeremy Finch*

Choreographer and Movement Director
Jodie Cole*

Lighting Designer
Daisy Simmons

Sound Designer
Marie Zschommler

Intimacy Director
Adelaide Waldrop*

Fight Director
Sam Behan*

Dance Captain
Adam Lamb

Costume Supervisor
Caitlyn Keaney*

Costume Assistant
Daniella B-G*


* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Don John / Dogberry
Lee Braithwaite

Tyler Cameron

Margaret / Friar
Kitty Castledine

Cameron dos Anjos

Beatrice / Conrade
Molly Elson

Ibraheem Hussain

Adam Lamb

Hero / Verges
Lizzie Middleton

Rehearsal Swing
Francis Nunnery*

Don Pedro
Travis Phillips

Antonia / Sexton
Ramesa Sohail

Production Team

Stage Manager
Alexis Mumford

Deputy Stage Manager
Stephanie Leeson

Assistant Stage Manager
Anya Williams

Production Manager
Brent Tan

Production LX
Jacob Eckardt

Deputy LX / Programmer
Jen Garland

Production Sound Engineer
Summer Collier

Lighting Crew
Helena Fitzgerald
Peter Johnston
Elisabetta Perrotta
Maia Thompson

Sound Assistants
Aidan Gibson
Enna Stephens

Construction Crew
Isabel Buchanan
Ghoti Fisher
Elaine Redshaw
George Rogers

Photos: SRTaylor Photography