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Century Theatre to stage retelling of Shakespeare classic

International collaboration brings show to Coalville

Two people singing and playing guitar

Coalville’s Century Theatre is to stage the UK premiere of a new version of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing next month.

The comedy has been translated into modern verse by Ranjit Bolt for US-based ‘Play On Shakespeare’, making this a truly international collaboration for the Leicestershire County Council-run venue.

The production is supported by Arts Council England and rehearsals are in full swing with cast members from the 1623 Theatre Company and Purple Theatre working with the Century Theatre team to ensure the show is a huge success. 

Shows are taking place on Friday 6 May at 10am  - a relaxed performance; everyone welcome, including school groups  and 7pm and again on Saturday 7 May at 7pm.

We’re delighted to bring this exciting version of Much Ado About Nothing to the Century Theatre.  As a historic community venue in the heart of Coalville, we look to reduce barriers to the arts and bring a wide variety of inclusive shows and events for everyone to enjoy. 

For Much Ado about Nothing, we’re asking people to pay what they can and select the ticket price they can afford.  We hope that anyone who might have wondered whether Shakespeare is for them, will be inspired to give it a go

Councillor Lee Breckon, county council cabinet member for resources

The show brings together creative audio description and British Sign Language. Each performance is BSL-interpreted, and captioned on personal devices.

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