The fantastic, 15-strong cast must be praised for their slick and professional performances in this amusing two fold plot to fuse the sharp wits of Beatrice and Benedick
, who have vowed never to be foolish enough to love or be married, and the more seemingly tragic element to dupe Claudio into thinking his betrothed Hero is not a virtuous maid but "everyman's Hero".
Beatrice is a nurse, and Benedick
a soldier returning from the First World War at Christmas.
It explores the issue of gay marriage with the two main leads recreated as male couple Benedick
Claudio's friend Benedick
loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick
, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together.
but not between Benedick
and Beatrice as Shakespeare's most entertaining and charming couple take to the stage in the Sea Road venue.
He has also appeared with the theatre company as Rosalind in As You Like It and Benedick
in Much Ado about Nothing.
Its text contains the proverb "If two ride a horse, one must ride behind", which perfectly describes the merry war waged by Benedick
Through the characters of Beatrice and Benedick
, they realize real acting and their love.
This summer Cox has taken up residence in Chester, where he is playing Benedick
in Much Ado About Nothing as part of the city's open-air theatre festival at Grosvenor Park.
The "merry war" of Beatrice and Benedick
meets the age of swing and Glen Miller.
Downstage center was a large, rectangular reflecting / wading pool, and on the back edge of the pool was a typewriter that Beatrice and Benedick
used for writing their love poems.
And Oden and Audley were memorable as Benedick
and Beatrice in Much Ado, he a trim and fit longhaired boy somewhere in his thirties, playing callow fencing games with his younger fellow soldiers, and she a matronly firebrand with a droll, Ellen Degeneres-style delivery she complemented with laugh-getting, hands-on-hips eye rolls and head shakes.