Directed by Àngel Llàcer, this version is set in a Hollywood studio in the 1950s and features songs by Cole Porter
It wasn’t hard to imagine that Molt soroll per no res, Àngel Llàcer’s hit adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing would be back on the billboard at Barcelona’s Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) this year. The play will be on from 4 November, when the curtain will rise in the Sala Gran and the audience will be able to relive the stores of Benedick, Beatrice and the other characters that sprang from the pen of William Shakespeare.
Llàcer opted fearlessly to change the setting of the comedy and transfer it to a film studio in the golden age of American cinema, changing the masquerade ball in Sicily for a buzzing film set where the borders between fact and fiction are put to the test. Another curious element in this version is the fact that the actors and actresses dance to songs by Cole Porter. In charge of the musical direction is Manu Guix, together with a ten piece orchestra playing strictly live music. The translation to Catalan is by Salvador Oliva.
The cast has changed somewhat with regards to last season and the most noteworthy new addition is actress Sílvia Abril in the role of Beatrice. And back again are David Verdaguer as Benedick, together with Lloll Bertran, Albert Triola and Aida Oset, among others.
Both those who have yet to see Molt soroll per no res and those who would like to see it again will be interested to know that the last day to see it at TNC will be New Year’s Day 2017.
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