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The fixed repertoire of Divadlo Bez Zábradlí includes among others the famous play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, choreographed by Dana Morávková and directed by the daring and original Guy Roberts.

Much Ado About Nothing: unique take on the play by Divadlo Bez Zábradlí

Eva Ledecká
20.Oct 2016
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From the play Much Ado About Nothing

Divadlo Bez Zábradlí was founded in 1990 by Karel Heřmánek, Theatre Director. It is located in the important architectural monument, Palác Adria, which stands on the corner of Jungmannovo náměstí and Národní třída in Prague.

Interior of The Divadlo Bez zábradlí theatre
From the play Much Ado About Nothing
From the play Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

The plot of this comedy by William Shakespeare penned in 1599 takes us to Sicily and introduces us to two couples: the loving couple Claudio and Hero and the slightly catty couple Benedick and Beatrice. Claudio and Hero want to get married, but a trap has been set for the loving couple. Hero is humiliated in front of everybody on her wedding day due to various circumstances. For this reason, her father decides rather to pronounce her dead and Claudio in the end makes do with marriage to her cousin. In the end it turns out that this is not her cousin, but Hero herself.

Hero has another cousin – Beatrice, who is argumentative and dismissive, in particular to her friend Benedick. The others try to get them together and also conceive a trap. These two fall in love in the end and get married despite everything.

Byty Janáčkovo nábřeží 207m
Byty Janáčkovo nábřeží 207m, Praha 5

A famous play as performed by Divadlo Bez Zábradlí

In the case of the same play directed by Guy Roberts, the plot is set in England at the time of the Second World War. The comedy does not play out on the battlefield, but is broadcast via a radio studio to the men on the front to support their morale. The narrators of the play are thus volunteers, pilots and women from the Allied Army.

Guy Roberts’ take on this comedy is very original, amusing and novel and thanks to this, the play has been received very positively.

The main roles are played by Veronika Žilková, Roman Zach and Martin Zbrožek and the overall atmosphere is complemented by live music and other radio commentary. If you find time in your schedule, this comedy is certainly worth a watch.

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