Queensland Theatre Company will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the great William Shakespeare in true style, by staging one of his greatest comedies Much Ado About Nothing at QPAC.

With previews opening on Saturday 23 April at Playhouse Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing is a spectacular romantic tale of two pairs of very different lovers.

Under the direction of the acclaimed stage powerhouse Jason Klarwein, the production promises romantic sparring at its Shakespearean best performed by some of the country’s leading stage stars including Christen O’Leary, Tama Matheson, Hugh Parker and Bryan Probets.

“In a lush setting under the moon and stars, a group of locals will fall in love and tear each other apart simultaneously. With a design straight out of a 5-star resort and a trip-hop groove to match, this story also stars extraordinary live acapella which will morph classical, modern, beatbox and more in a brilliant musical jigsaw, performed by three of Brisbane’s best vocalists under the direction of Gordon Hamilton,” Jason says.

This incredible production will also see a company-first collaboration with genre-busting maestro, Gordon Hamilton.

Famous for reimagining music, and composing orchestral experiences with new music leaders, Gordon Hamilton has composed music for the Shakespearean songs featured in the play and also incorporates his own version of chart topper Heya by OutKast.

Much Ado About Nothing is a wonderful look at the battle of the sexes and the freedom of individuals. The common perception of the play is that it is a little comedy that is really all about nothing, but on closer inspection, this is not the case. Not at all,” Gordon says.

Gordon says the story is all about human nature.

“It takes a brutal, albeit funny, look at how men treat women. On the surface of this production you will find lush tropical sunsets in which characters sip cocktails (set in a Hamilton Island-inspired location no less) and indulge in witty banter but underneath something far more profound is occurring. Emancipation and equality,” he says.

After working closely with globally acclaimed Shakespearean specialist director Michael Attenborough (Hamlet) and acting in many applauded productions, stage star Jason Klarwein is the perfect lens through which to deliver Much Ado About Nothing in this most important of years.

On stage the cast has been carefully curated – a fine mix of the talents of Ellen Bailey (Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Macbeth), Liz Buchanan (Grimm Tales), Mark Conaghan (Absurd Person Singular, The Venetian Twins), Patrick Dwyer (La Boite’s Hedonism’s Second Album), Hayden Jones (Shock Therapy Production’s The Pillowman), Christen O’Leary (Ladies in Black, Gloria, End of the Rainbow), Tama Matheson (The Odd Couple, Macbeth), Kathryn McIntyre (Ladies in Black), Hugh Parker (Black Books, I’m Alan Partridge, The Seagull, Brisbane), Bryan Probets (The Odd Couple, Australia Day) and Megan Shorey (QPDA 2014-2015 finalist – One in Seven).

Don’t miss this incredibly romantic story! Much Ado About Nothing will be playing from 23 April to 15 May at Playhouse, QPAC. For tickets visit www.queenslandtheatre.com.au or call 136 246.

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