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Much Ado At The National.


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#1 keysersoze

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:34 PM

Zoe Wanamaker opposite Simon Russell Beale. In Much Ado. At the National.
Why has no one made that happen before?! Could be a classic production.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:51 PM

Indeed. So old! And why not, as Barry Norman never said.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:59 PM

The website also has Susannah Fielding in the cast list, whom I assume will be Hero. Who'd make a good Claudio? I think Luke Treadaway, who will have finished Saint Joan by then but will still be in War Horse.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:05 PM

Any ideas when the National will start booking for its autumn schedule?

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:09 PM

QUOTE(peggs @ Jul 24 2007, 03:05 PM) View Post
Any ideas when the National will start booking for its autumn schedule?


The website says, for Much Ado About Nothing:

  Public booking opens 15 August
Advance Members booking opens 4 August
Priority Members booking opens 27 July
Supporting Cast booking opens 25 July

For Present Laughter:

Public booking opens 15 August
Advance Members booking opens 4 August
Priority Members booking opens 27 July
Supporting Cast booking opens 25 July

Chatroom/Citizenship:

Public booking opens 15 August
Members and schools booking now open

Everything else yet to open has booking open, according to the website .

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:17 PM

oh thanks Kersersoze I must have missed that.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:23 PM

QUOTE(keysersoze @ Jul 24 2007, 02:59 PM) View Post
The website also has Susannah Fielding in the cast list, whom I assume will be Hero. Who'd make a good Claudio? I think Luke Treadaway, who will have finished Saint Joan by then but will still be in War Horse.


Luke Treadaway can be in both! I'd like to see him in Much Ado, he's really talented...and hot.
And yup Susannah Fielding is playing Hero, hope she can do something interesting with this character who is so often not    -    she was great in Philistines + Rose Tattoo.
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 08:48 PM

QUOTE(josh @ Jul 24 2007, 05:23 PM) View Post
Luke Treadaway can be in both! I'd like to see him in Much Ado, he's really talented...and hot.
And yup Susannah Fielding is playing Hero, hope she can do something interesting with this character who is so often not    -    she was great in Philistines + Rose Tattoo.


I suppose the shows do play in rep in the Olivier, so he could perhaps. Though the rehearsal schedules will be very similar. Maybe his very talented twin Harry could do it?
Many young actors could do well in the part. Ben Whishaw, Matt Smith, Andrew Garfield, Rafe Spall and many more could be fantastic. Who else would people like to see as Claudio, or any of the other roles in the production for that matter?

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:20 AM

Luke Treadaway as Claudio?? Do you guys know this play? Claudio is a Lord. He's a young man, sure, but 'man' is still a key word here, he's not a wee boy. I agree Andrew Garfield would be a better bet but even he might seem a bit too sproggish. Would Don Pedro really be knocking about with such younglings? Treadaway's co-star in the dismal Clapham Junction, David Leon (who played Alfie), is surely more the right sort of age/demeanour/etc. If the NT is recycling its old stock, Amit Shah could make a seriously suitable Claudio. I can see him beautifully nailing the bashful earnestness. Personally would love to see Jamie Parker back at the National; best thing in The History Boys and yet they've not put him in anything else.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:25 AM

Not to mention the fact that if Benedick is in his late forties (and Beatrice in her late fifties, though admittedly she looks a lot younger) a boy playing Claudio would seem like his kid.




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