'Man is a giddy thing.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
In the Cartoucherie de Vincennes outside Paris, sits a bold and enterprising venue, the Theatre de la Tempete. Clément Poirée's Hypermobile company is one of the principal groups who give this theatre its impressive reputation. Poirée's new production, running at la Tempete in winter 2011, is a bittersweet take on Much Ado About Nothing, set amid the hypertensions of an Italian restaurant.
Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of keeping them apart. Claudio's friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice - by killing his best friend.
Running time: 142 mins
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David Calder David Calder
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy with tragic undertones, and this production gave full expression to both sides in the French languages of farce and melancholy. As I watched a Marcel Proust lookalike attempt to adopt the heroic stances of 17th century courtship, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. I opted to cry laughing.