As part of York’s International Shakespeare Festival, four of our Year 12 English Literature students enjoyed a short talk by Professor Judith Buchanan (University of York), which gave an overview of the character, language, genre and context of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

The talk was hosted at the De Grey Rooms in York on Wednesday evening, before moving next door to the York Theatre Royal to watch the Northern Broadsides’ touring production of the play.

Described by The Guardian as ‘a rich and rewarding production’, and The Stage as ‘a delicious battle of wits… all aspects of the design and delivery are tailored to fit a vision of frivolity’, our students agreed that this was a compelling version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy: extremely funny, and full of music and song, the audience felt drawn into the play - both figuratively and literally!

The combination of the talk and performance was particularly effective, leaving our students feeling that they had both learnt much and enjoyed a lovely summer’s night out at the theatre!