Much Ado About Nothing

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In 2016, our production was Much Ado About Nothing. It was directed by Joe Hufton, who has worked as a director for Secret Cinema and Belt Up Theatre, and was associate director for Les Enfants Terribles on their Olivier-nominated production of Alice’s Adventures Underground. Other work includes Scarlet at the Southwark Playhouse (nominated for two Offies) and Fable (UK and off-Broadway tour). Joe was assisted by Tom Syms, who trained at RADA and LAMDA. Tom has worked with Les Enfants Terribles and directed Merry Wives of Windsor at the Willow Globe in Wales.

The Designer was Emily Stuart. Trained at Wimbledon School of Art, Emily has worked in film and theatre. Her work in theatre includes Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre) and The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse) both of which won Offie Awards for Best Costume Design.

The production was a creative, ambitious, site-responsive project that placed this remarkable play at the heart of the communities to which it travelled, in the great tradition of Shakespearean touring companies. The play was set at the end of the First World War and the action transferred to the Edwardian garden squares where it was performed. The sense of community within the play was echoed by a night of music, celebration and food, all within our specific settings .



5 OUT OF 9 squares 100% sold out 


And the audiences loved it: 

‘Thank you – we enjoyed the play very much, and the atmosphere in the square; we would like to be involved next year, if you do it again.’ -Tracey and Stephen Crampton (Leinster)

‘It was a delightful evening and what a feat to get all that off the ground! I particularly enjoyed a production that relied so much on the text, and not on any gimmicks – will you please pass that on to the actors?’ - Nicoline Gatehouse (Norland)

‘We really loved it. A full range of delicious characters, some prudent cutting of the script, and simple but effective staging and costumes. All MOST satisfactory. Roll on next year is what I say!’ - Kerry Hood (Connaught)

‘Saturday night a triumph. Hope all going well for the others. Looking forward to next year.’ - Judith Breuer (Queen’s Park)

‘A big thank you to all of your team for a very memorable evening. We have had many texts and emails from residents saying how much they enjoyed the production and that they especially appreciated the energy and enthusiasm of your young cast.’ - Fiona Fleming Brown (Elgin & Arundel Gardens)

‘It was a wonderful production, crackling with life, and we very much enjoyed being part of the project. I would be very happy to repeat next year.’ - Reverend Alan Everett (St James’s Gardens)

‘Everyone in our party was just delighted with the setting and the high quality of the acting. I hope that this can become a tradition for the communal garden squares.’ - Holly Smith (Cleveland Square)

‘What an enchanted evening. It really was such an enjoyable and clever production and excellent performances.’ - Nick Sayers (St James’s Square SW1)




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