Bell Shakespeare to perform Much Ado About Nothing in Bunbury

On the stage: A talented cast leads Bell Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The show will head to Bunbury later this week. Photo: Supplied.
On the stage: A talented cast leads Bell Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The show will head to Bunbury later this week. Photo: Supplied.

The team at Bell Shakespeare are looking to entertain Bunbury's theatre lovers with another must-see production.

Much Ado About Nothing will hit the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Thursday, August 15.

The lead characters, Beatrice and Benedick, would rather engage in witty banter than admit their undying love for one another.

With Claudio consumed by envy and about to humiliate Hero, Beatrice and Benedick must team up to defend love itself.

Like with Shakespeare's acclaimed original, this version is rife with dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops.

The show sees Beatrice (played wonderfully by Zindzi Okenyo) try to navigate her way through a male-dominated world.

Directed by James Evans, Much Ado About Nothing is part of Bell Shakespeare's 2019 National Tour.

Mr Evans said the show delivers fun comedic moments, amazing performances, and interesting ideas.

"On one level, it's about tricks and deception. On another level, it's about the ways in which men speak about women, marriage, love etc.," he said.

"We're starting to see how language - and the ways in which men talk about women - can seriously hurt society.

"The play is incredibly relevant, right now. It's also very unique in that it very quickly jumps between comedy and tragedy."

After developing Shakespeare productions for school audiences, Mr Evans stepped up to lead the company's 2018 National Tour.

Last year saw him and Bell Shakespeare bring their re-imagining of Julius Caesar to Bunbury.

"Across Australia, our audiences are really intelligent, they love to listen, and they love witty dialogue," he said.

"They also enjoy discussing the deeper issues at hand.

"I really love being part of a live story-telling experience with this group of actors."

Tickets are available at the BREC Box office, online via bunburyentertainment.com.au, and by phone on 1300 661 272.