A Level English Literature students in Year 12 enjoyed a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Thursday 8th January, to see their latest production, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. The students are currently studying the play for their AS English Literature Coursework.
The RSC’s current production has renamed the play ‘Love’s Labour’s Won’, (as a sequel to ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’) and the students were delighted with the physical humour and biting wit of Shakespeare’s comedy. Set in the 1920’s, the production used the aftermath of World War I as a fitting context for the heroes’ welcome home and marriage plans, deviously thwarted by the evil Don John.
From talking Christmas trees to mistaken lovers, the production celebrated the musicality of Shakespeare’s poetry, with live music and invigorating Charleston dances.
"It was a fantastic play," said Mrs Thompson from the English Team, "and I am so pleased that we had this opportunity to travel to Stratford upon Avon and see the RSC at work in their amazing theatre. We were also lucky enough to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and soak up the atmosphere of the Tudor town."
"Thank you very much to Ms Rodgers and Mr Gervis for accompanying us on this inspiring educational visit. A big thank you to the Year 12 students, Meghan Clamp, Leah Hanson, Brad Lawton, Mollie Prendergast and Abbie Weaver for their excellent behaviour and unswerving enthusiasm. Their coursework will definitely benefit from seeing Shakespeare’s comedy in action."