If the category of ‘Shakespeare Plays’ were to come up on BBC One’s game show Pointless (it’s awesome, go watch it), Coriolanus would probably be the pointless answer. This film adaptation, however, seems set to change Coriolanus’s status as the play everyone forgets about.
The StaG production of Much Ado about Nothing transports the witty world of Courtly Love to a present day setting, in which every character is a thief. In an ingenious casting move (and a good way to counter the ye olde ‘not enough boys’ problem), brothers Don Pedro and Don Juan (the baddie of the piece) become no-nonsense crime boss Donna Pedro, and vulnerable bad girl, Josephine Pedro. The production was funny, alive and boasted a very good cast, however it was at times disjointed and unclear in terms of narrative.