Much Ado and All’s Well at the Lir

Two Shakespeare plays will shortly be performed at the Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art:

Much Ado About Nothing

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CLAUDIO LOVES HERO. BEATRICE HATES BENEDICK. LEONATA LOVES BOOZE. AND NOBODY LOVES DON JOHN.

On the terrace of a Mediterranean holiday home, a group of friends assemble for a week-long party full of playful debauchery, pop music, and questionable gender politics. Shakespeare’s infamous comedy of disguised affection and misguided love, plots the chart of two courtships. A festive play about deception and excess given a vivid contemporary staging, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy of sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance that playfully undermines the seriousness of romance.

Wednesday 24th May – Tuesday 30th May 2017, 7.45pm

Matinee: Thursday 25th May, 1.00pm

Tickets: €15 and €10 concession

All’s Well That Ends Well

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UNREQUITED LOVE, DISGUISES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND LOTS OF COMEDY ALONG THE WAY.

All’s Well That Ends Well, perhaps Shakespeare’s least-known play, has for much of its history been considered “problematic”. Sitting somewhere between comedy and romance, it tells the story of the irrepressible Helena, the young daughter of a famous doctor. She is determined to win her chosen husband, despite the obstacles that life, status and even the young man himself, put in her path. This is a surprising, steadfast tale of the adventure of love, of growing up and growing old, and of coming home again.

Performances: Wednesday 24th May – Tuesday 30th May 2017, 7.45pm

Matinee: Thursday 25th May, 1.00pm

Tickets: €15 and €10 concession

 

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