All 10 episodes now available of web series inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Written and directed by Colleen Scriven, A Bit Much is a new web series based on Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. “It takes the War of the Sexes out of 16th century Sicily,” Colleen explains, “and into the equally scenic and exotic Camp Messina in upstate New York.”
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Despite the updated script, costumes and characters, Colleen argues that the themes of the series strive to be the same as those of the play. “The characters - no longer lords and ladies, but campers and counsellors - still struggle with deception, love, friendship, jealousy and sex.”
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Colleen describes the series as being in a similar vein to popular Shakespeare modernisations such as She’s the Man and Ten Things I Hate About You. However, A Bit Much is the first adaptation of its kind to premiere as a web series. YA Bit Much4
Colleen herself co-stars in the series, as part of an all-student cast. You can find out more and watch all 10 episodes of A Bit Much here. (Contains strong language and adult themes)

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing gets the royal treatment in Stockholm, Sweden

The Stockholm English Speaking Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing is celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday with a royal performance.

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The production may be set in Sicily in the late 1950s, but the performances themselves will take place in the grounds of a Swedish palace.

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After opening performances (11 and 12 July) at the park theatre on Djurgården, the action moves to Drottningholms Palace Garden and Rosendals Wärdshus on Djurgården for later performances.

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A cast of six actors portrays the complete set of Shakespeare’s characters, presenting a performance full of “flamboyant costumes, swords, singing and dancing,” says SEST co-founder Kristina Leon.

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The show will run until 2 August. To find specific performance times and to purchase tickets visit the company’s Facebook page.