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Digital Theatre’s Much Ado and more |Performance News for the Week of June 20, 2013

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Greetings Everyone!!

Steven here today. I am filling in for Lori Ann,who is away. This week I will be bringing  you all the news you need to know about performance and Shakespeare this week.  So, without further ado, let’s dive right in:

David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s Much Ado About Nothing Available to Rent, or  Download and Own:

Back around season 4 of Doctor Who, it was revealed that David Tennant and Catherine Tate-also known as the Doctor and his companion Donna Noble respectively– had been cast as the at their throat lovers Benedict and Beatrice in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. Well, now the Digital Theatre has released  a recording of the play on its website. For £3.99 you can rent online a copy of the production starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate while for £8.99  and £10.99 you can download the video in both SD and HD format respectively. Below you can find a trailer of the production:

Shakespeare’s Globe to Hold Open Youth Auditions:

The Globe Theatre will be holding open youth auditions in July for its new youth theatre company The Globe Young Players. This is a  youth theatre company which will specialize in Jacobean period drama. Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole is looking for youth from as broad social spectrum as possible. Auditoners must be 12-16 years of age and will after recruitment in July be having a workshop in September. The Malcontent will be the first production of this new youth theatre company. The production is slated to start running in April 2014 and will be shown in the new Sam Wanamaker Theatre.

Independent Shakespeare Company Coming to Griffith Park in Los Angeles: 

The Independent Shakespeare Company will be beginning its summer season this year in Griffith Park in LA June 27th. For forty days the group will be playing the following plays for free/at will donations for the whole family: She Stoops to Conquer, Macbeth, and As You Like It. Each will be opening on June 27, July 5, and August 1 and running through July 31st, August 31st and September 1st respectively. For more information please visit Independent Shakespeare here.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Begins Previews:

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival began previews this week with As You Like It which tells the story of Rosalind who after having a young man named Orlando fall in love with her is banished by her Uncle Frederik, who has usurped his brother’s title and duchy in France. The festival will officially begin July 7. More information about the festival can be found here.

More Noteworthy News:

The Royal Shakespeare Company is the recipient of a grant from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Kenneth Branagh starring in Macbeth will be one of those featured in the 2013-2014 Theatre Live season.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival will be held November 11th and 12th at 7:00 p.m. at PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay. You can find more information about the event here.


Well that’s all for this week. What do you think about Catherine Tate and David Tennant’s Much Ado About Nothing?  How about the open youth auditions for The Globe Theatre’s new youth theatre company? What about the Independent Shakespeare Company’s new season? How about the Heart of America Shakespeare Company’s preview for the festival. Let us know down below. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. We look forward to hearing from you. Also, if you like what we do here at the Shakespeare Standard be sure to donate. We are also looking for story submissions. If you have any upcoming productions related to Shakespeare that you want the world to know about, please email press releases and other pertinent information to

Also, although this is unrelated to Shakespeare I would like to  extend condolences to the family and friends of James Gandolfini, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 51 due to a possible heart-attack. The man was a great actor and inspiration to many people.

Author Steven

Steven has been with The Shakespeare Standard since its inception in 2009. He has had an interest in Shakespeare since acting in A Midsummer Night's Dream in college. You can reach him directly at He currently works as an editor for Foolery with the column of MEMEnto Merry.

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