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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Rocks Melbourne Gardens: A 90s Pop Rock-Inspired Delight

If you’re in Melbourne this summer, consider stepping into the magical world of Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Running from February 23 to March 17, 2024, this open-air theatre experience by The Australian Shakespeare Company offers a unique twist on the classic Shakespearean play.

Set against the backdrop of the 90s pop rock era, this adaptation promises a fusion of rock imagery, pop music, sitcom, and pantomime. The production features original tunes that capture the essence of the 90s while adding a modern twist, making it a truly memorable experience.

As the sun sets, audiences are treated to The Babes of Disdain’s performance of their hit single, ‘Fair Eyes,’ followed by Benedick and the Love Gods’ return from a world concert tour. From here, Shakespeare’s classic romcom takes on a new life, blending the old with the new in a way that is sure to entertain and delight.

With its pop-musical score, relevant costumes, and staging that reflects the present day, this adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is designed to appeal to a wide audience. Whether you’re a Shakespeare enthusiast or simply looking for a fun night out, this production promises something special for everyone.

One of the standout features of this production is its audience interaction. From the moment you arrive, you’re encouraged to join in the fun, making the experience feel more like a party than a play. The cast’s energy is infectious, and you’ll find yourself bopping along to the music and laughing at the witty dialogue.

But it’s not all fun and games; Much Ado About Nothing also delivers some serious moments, with powerful ballads and stunning vocal performances that will leave you in awe. The cast, led by Hugh Sexton as Benedick and Anna Burgess as Beatrice, delivers a stellar performance, bringing the characters to life with charisma and skill.

So, if you’re looking for a night of entertainment that is unlike anything you’ve experienced before, why not grab your picnic blanket, pack a basket, and gather your friends and family for a night of entertainment under the stars? With its banging ballads, amazing vocals, and infectious energy, this production is sure to rock your world.

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Written by: Cath Garrett and Michael Kent