Do performers enjoy live theatre as much as the audiences? Absolutely! This video of interviews with the four stars of SummerLight Theatre’s Much Ado About Salsa puts it perfectly. And what have reviewers been saying about this charming dance-floor update of Shakespeare’s classic comedy? LondonTheatre1 puts it perfectly too! Time to get booking!
After an extensive tour and success at Camden Fringe, Summer Light Theatre bring their salsa-influenced adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to London this month. Much Ado About Salsa runs at Drayton Arms Theatre for a strictly limited season from 25 September to 13 October 2018.
Down in sunny Cadiz, young Faith is due to marry Calvin, who adamantly refuses to learn to dance. Roped in by her charismatic father, Leon, to inspire Calvin onto the dancefloor, ex-flames Bea and Ben re-ignite their spiky and passionate association – rather against their wills. But an unexpected turn of events brings darkness to Faith’s wedding day.
Will a once-solid relationship be destroyed forever, or can it be restored through the magic of love and salsa? Joanna O’Connor‘s new version of Much Ado About Nothing brings all the light and shade of Shakespeare’s greatest comedy onto a 21st-century dancefloor.
In the four-strong cast of Much Ado About Salsa, author Joanna O’Connor plays Bea, alongside James Kingdon as Ben, Jennifer Biggs as Faith (Hero in Shakespeare’s original) and James Edwards as Leon.
Much Ado About Salsa has attracted acclaim on tour and at Camden Fringe. Reviewing at Drayton Arms, LondonTheatre1 critic John O’Brien said: “A clever and original adaptation… Salsa dancing gives this version a focus which is at once delightful on the eye but also acts as a metaphor. Dancing as power… As they come around to acknowledging their love so their dancing becomes fluent and free-flowing. Joanna O’Connor has given us a Much Ado About Our Time.
What do love most about live theatre? As an audience member? What do performers think? We love these answers from the stars of Much Ado About Salsa. “Complicity and…”
Much Ado About Salsa runs from 25 September to 13 October 2018 at the Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LJ. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £12 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!