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Shakespeare's 400th Birthday Celebrated With Musical Version
It seems the whole world has been joining in the celebrations to mark the 400th birthday of playwright William Shakespeare. But there can surely be few more unusual tributes to the amazing works of the Bard than the musical version of one of his famous plays, Much Ado About Nothing, which are to be performed at the Lichfield Garrick theatre this June.

Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare's play is given the musical treatment

The high-octane musical version of Shakespeare's battle of the sexes, which will play at the Lichfield Garrick on June 7 and 8, features musical hits from across the decades. The song titles can be found hidden within the synopsis as the story sees Benedict, Claudio and Prince Don Pedro home on leave. But knowing that 'War' is good for absolutely nothing they prefer to party with the 'Single Ladies', Beatrice and Hero.

Lichfield Garrick
The main stage of Lichfield Garrick theatre

Mr Brightside' Claudio, gets engaged to his young love Hero and just for fun, bachelor Benedick is tricked into falling for Beatrice and they start to show their 'True Colours'. The romantic mood is broken by the Prince's half-brother, the 'Creep' Don John, who misleads Claudio with lies and deception and creates a 'Tainted Love'. A dramatic confrontation at the wedding leaves Hero presumed dead and her bridesmaid Beatrice 'Holding Out for a Hero'. Benedict must show his love for Beatrice by challenging Claudio to a duel.

Lichfield Garrick
Theatre joins in Shakespeare's 400th birthday celebrations

The adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, created by Derby-based Oddsocks touring theatre company, reaches a dramatic conclusion as the true villains are confronted, the deception is revealed and the lovers are reunited in a musical climax that will raise the roof and get everyone on their feet.

Performances on both June 7 and 8 start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 19.50, 14.50 for students and 12.50 each for groups of 10. They can be booked online or by calling Lichfield Garrick's Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Musical Tribute To Shakespeare On His 400th Birthday
When: June 7-8 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: 19.50 adults, 14.50 for students
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