Digital Theatre Presents Tennant, Tate in Much Ado About Nothing
Digital Theatre announces William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as its latest release available to watch online or download to the desktop, with pre-order available from today (13 December 2011) at www.digitaltheatre.com and release on 13 December 2011. Starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as Benedict and Beatrice, Josie Rourke's award winning production of Much Ado About Nothing enjoyed a record breaking run in the West End earlier this year breaking all previous Wyndham's Theatre Box Office records. Presented in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, designs were by Rob Jones with lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Emma Laxton
The cast comprises David Tennant (Benedick) and Catherine Tate (Beatrice), Tom Bateman (Claudio), Alex Beckett (Borachio), Joshua Berg (Titus), Jonathan Coy (Leonato), Anna Farnworth (Innogen), Mike Grady (Verges), Clive Hayward (Hugh Oatcake/Friar Francis), Derek Howard (Angelo), Kathryn Hunt (Ursula), Adam James (Don Pedro), Lee Knight (Conrade), Elliot Levey (Don John), Nicholas Lumley (George Seacole), Sarah MacRae (Hero), John Ramm (Dogberry), Enzo Squillino Jnr (Balthasar/Sexton), Leo Staar (Messenger), Natalie Thomas (Margaret) and Hannah Warren-Green (Maria).
Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Catherine Tate) and Benedick (David Tennant) whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.
Robert Delamere and Tom Shaw launched Digital Theatre in 2009 and have recently celebrated the Company's second birthday. In that time the site has visits from over 145 countries worldwide. With the support of Equity, BECTU and the Musicians Union, Digital Theatre produces theatre productions filmed in front of live audiences and are available to rent and stream online or purchase and download from www.digitaltheatre.com. Digital Theatre Plus is a unique online learning resource designed to deliver quality productions to schools, universities and libraries. Bringing together the current production catalogue available through the Digital Theatre website, the resource also includes behind-the-scenes documentaries and graphic learning resources, enriching students' cultural experience whilst facilitating the study of English, Drama and Theatre Studies. www.digitaltheatreplus.com
Digital Theatre's partner theatres are The Almeida Theatre Company, the Bush Theatre, English Touring Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic.
CATALOGUE OF DIGITAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
The Container, presented in association with The Young Vic and Amnesty International, highlighting the plight of illegal immigrants coming to the UK, written by Clare Bayley, directed by Tom Wright, designed by Naomi Dawson.
Mark Ravenhill's Over There, part of The Royal Court Theatre's 2009 Off The Wall season, written by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Ravenhill and Ramin Gray, with a cast of twin brothers Harry Treadaway and Luke Treadaway.
The Royal Shakespeare Company and Told by an Idiot's The Comedy of Errors, created for schools and family audiences, directed by Paul Hunter. In addition Digital Theatre offer a behind the scenes documentary to download.