Also in the cast are Jonny Weir as Don John, Patrick Robinson as Don Pedro, Bette Bourne as Dogberry, Steven Beard as Verges, Adam Rayner as Claudio, Morven Christie as Hero and Nicholas Day as Leonato. The production continues until 6 January 2007, when it’s followed by the RSC productions of Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest, both with Patrick Stewart.
First night critics felt that this Much Ado has transferred well from Stratford to the London stage, and all were impressed with the performances of the central duo, who they described as not only a great comedy act, but a strong pair capable of conveying the pain of rejection as well as the joy of passion. While some reviewers loved the Cuban setting and felt it added to the heat at the core of the play, others found it pointless and were unconvinced by Elliot’s decision to relocate the comedy from Sicily.
- by Caroline Ansdell