Analysis Of Josie Rourke's Much Ado About Nothing

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Josie Rourke’s modern stage adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is renowned for the hilarious reunion of the Doctor Who costars: David Tennant and Catherine Tate, whose chemistry is mesmerizingly brilliant and inevitable from the moment the two step on the stage. As said by the Guardian: “Tennant and Tate sparkle in Much Ado,” it is this sort of partnership that really enraptures an audience, the choice of pairing being one of the main highlights of the exceptional replication of the 16th century classic. The play centers Beatrice (Tate) and Benedick (Tennant), the disputatious lovers, who hold a reputation for being unapparent to the love that they clearly share for each other, going along with repartee, oblivious to the …show more content…

The extravagant juxtaposition between the Shakespearean play and the Josie Rourke version ‘time travels’ David Tennant fans back to the age of Doctor Who. Rourke’s inspiration to place the characters in early 1980s Gibraltar, which is known for constant drinking, partying and members of the navy who seem to have far too much time on their hands; alongside the themes apparent in the play are very much familiar to a contemporary viewer: infidelity and the denial of love presented by Beatrice and Benedick, making it an obvious choice to set the remake of the famous Shakespearean comedy in a modern and well established society. Although this drastic change in location and time period may seem overwhelming and unexpected, Rourke still keeps the performance grounded to its Shakespearean roots, the consistent use of iambic pentameter and meter demonstrates this. It can be argued that the Tennant and Tate version is clearly mocking the Elizabethan societies traditional views, however, I feel Rourke only enhanced …show more content…

The stage design gives the impression of the characters being in two separate rooms, the positioning of blocks and pillars helps again to demonstrate this. This intricate attention to detail enables the performance to be compared so similarly to the movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, although the ‘big screen’ enables more room for a fast change in setting and shots, Rourke does a phenomenal job trying to create this illusion which works so brilliantly. The night before the wedding or you could refer to it as the ‘stag and hen do’ was an unexpected twist that the audience definitely did not see coming. Again, the revolving stage was used to represent the divide between the women and the men and to compensate for the lack of space that the stage could carry. This incredibly humorous idea, of the stag and hen night before the wedding, gives the audience a clear and simple over view of the lifestyles present in the 1980s, as characters throughout the play give out continuous hints regarding: sexual references, alcohol and sexism, which could have been a personal choice by Rourke to present

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