Seoul Shakespeare Company will be staging the bard’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” from this weekend.
The play, a blend of silly humor with ideas about honor, shame and politics, is a turnaround from last year’s production of the dark and brooding “Titus Andronicus,” something director Michael Downey says was a deliberate decision.
"We like to change things from year to year. But I think this production is also completely different from all our previous ones,” he said, pointing out that they had semi-modern settings, industrial soundtracks and relatively complex sets, while this production is set with minimal staging in the Renaissance era.
Rehearsals underway for Seoul Shakespeare Company's "Much Ado About Nothing" (Laura Jasi)
“The overall feeling of the show is much lighter, more vibrant and anarchic,” he said.
The play will be staged at the Egg and Nucleus Theater in Hyehwa, Seoul, in English with Korean subtitles.
Shows are weekends on Saturdays and Sundays until June 5 at 4 p.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. this Saturday, then 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. thereafter. Tickets are 20,000 won ($17), though the first Sunday is already sold out.
See www.seoulshakesperecompany.org for bookings and more information.