Much Ado About Nothing

Noël Coward Theatre (Albery), St Martin's Lane, London
Meera Syal in Much Ado About Nothing - photo by Jillian Edelstein

The RSC’s vibrant new production of Much Ado About Nothing transports Shakespeare’s comedy of love and deceit through space and time to modern-day India.

Starring Meera Syal as Beatrice and Paul Bhattacharjee as Benedick, the RSC’s Much Ado About Nothing is the third production of the play to be seen in Theatreland in the last two years, following productions at the Globe and Wyndham’s theatre.

The production marks the RSC debut for Syal, who is best known for her screen appearances in Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars At Number 42.

Bhattacharjee’s previous RSC credits include Arabian Nights, Edward III and The Island Princess. He now returns to the company having recently appeared in The Bomb and The Great Game at the Tricycle theatre.

Directed by Iqbal Khan, Much Ado About Nothing plays at the Noël Coward theatre following its run at the Courtyard theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Meera Syal, Paul Bhattacharjee

author: William Shakespeare

director: Iqbal Khan

producer: Royal Shakespeare Company

designer: Tom Piper

costume: Himani Dehlvi

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Shakespeare
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Venue InformationHIDE

Noël Coward Theatre (Albery)
St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4AA

  • Nearest tube: Leicester Square (100m)
  • Nearest bus: 24, 29, 176
  • Nearest train:
  • Parking:

    50% off parking at Q-Park Chinatown, just 3 minutes walk away or Q-Park Trafalgar.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 0844 482 5137
  • Telephones: Public phone/credit card telephone to the right of the foyer through a door.
  • Discounts: Discounts are available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions.
  • Limited mobility: Seats with the most legroom are H5, H6, H24, H25 in the Royal Circle and A8, A22, E25 F4 and all of row AA in the Stalls.
  • Access description: 3 steps up (lower to the right-hand side) and then double doors opening inwards. Box Office on the right. 3 steps from the foyer to back of the Royal Circle, with 2 steps between rows. 30 steps down to Stalls and 30 up to the Grand Circle from the foyer (2 steep steps between rows). 40 steps up to the Balcony (4 steep steps between rows). Steps are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Theatre open 30 mins before performance.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system with 15 headsets. Deposit required. Collect headsets from centre desk in foyer - reserve by calling box office.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs allowed inside the auditorium, or they can be looked after by theatre staff (maximum 2). Please ask when booking.
  • Wheelchairs: There is a ramp (gradient 30-40%, handrail on right-hand side) through the second side EXIT door on St Martin’s Court. Box M (door 68cm wide) has 2 spaces for wheelchair/scooter users, or 1 wheelchair user and a companion. Companions can also be seated in the Royal Circle. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat in Royal Circle. 2 wheelchairs and 2 scooters maximum. Wheelchairs stored in the cloakroom, scooters in the foyer. Groups should ring in advance.
  • Toilets: Women’s off the foyer with 2 steps up inside the door. Men’s off the foyer. More at Stalls, Grand Circle and Balcony levels.
  • Disabled toilets: No adapted toilet, but customers are welcome to use the toilet in the Duke of York's (approx 100m). You may also be able to use the Men’s toilet which is off the foyer - staff will clear this for you.
  • Bars: 3 licensed bars. Drinks and ice-creams can be brought into the auditorium. Pit bar 3 steps up from the back of Stalls. Stalls bar 18 steps down from foyer. Grand Circle bar 30 steps up from foyer. All have moveable seats.
  • Legroom: Large print programmes, braile cast lists, touch tours.