Published on June 1st, 2011 | by Patrick Riley
Much Ado About Not Doctor Who
Amidst all the excitement and hype for the sure-to-be-brilliant interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing starring former Doctor Who duo David Tennant and Catherine Tate, one voice is bravely speaking out about why this production may not be entirely a good thing.
Ian Shuttleworth of the Financial Times published a review the other day, not of the West End play starring Tennant, but the Globe Theatre version with period costumes and the likes of Eve Best (The King’s Speech, Nurse Jackie) and Charles Edwards in the starring roles of Beatrice and Benedick. While Mr. Shuttleworth seemed to enjoy what he saw, it’s difficult to guess what the majority of his experience watching this Globe performance was actually like, as he spends a considerable portion of his review mourning the fact that this rendition will inevitably be overshadowed by Tennant/Tate’s, which opens within the week.
“Pity poor Charles Edwards and Eve Best. No matter how well they do as Beatrice and Benedick, their Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe will inevitably be eclipsed by the West End production of the same play opening a week later which will reunite much-loved Doctor Who pair David Tennant and Catherine Tate.”
You’re right, Mr. Shuttleworth. The “Much Ado” you saw, which was in The Globe, no less, will never be remembered. After all, how many people do you know who are clamoring to experience the show on DVD?
Probably not as many as those petitioning to take home a copy of “Much A-Who.” And we mean petitioning literally. There’s a campaign going on at iPetitions right now requesting Tennant and Tate’s performance to get the Hamlet treatment and be produced for DVD. Are you one of the mob of Tennant fans who wants yet another round disc full of mad hair and dashing good looks that you can watch frame-by-frame? Do you want to see what the buzz is all about but can’t make it to the live performance? Go on, sign this form!
Get your tickets to the Much Ado About Nothing Doctor Who edition at the Delfont Mackintosh website.