i know you of old

writer : DAVID FAIRS / adapted from MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
13 Jun - 1 Jul 2017 at 7.45pm
7.45pm & 2.30 Matinees on 21, 24, 28 June & 1 July
£15/£12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun & Mon

Hero is dead.

The night before the funeral, the strange circumstances of her death hang in the air – are the rumours about Hero to be trusted? At her coffin, the eye of the storm, her fiance Claudio is wracked with grief and guilt.

When Hero’s sharp-tongued cousin Beatrice arrives, closely followed by notorious playboy Benedick, Claudio sees a way to atone for former wrongs and do one last thing for Hero – he will bring this prickly pair together.

But extreme emotional circumstances can make you act in peculiar ways. What might you do to ease the pain? Would you abandon yourself to recklessness? Could you laugh through the tears?

Using only Shakespeare’s original text, David Fairs re-orchestrates Much Ado About Nothing into a new, parallel dark comedy: I Know You Of Old. Join the legendary Benedick and Beatrice as they stalk the midnight shadows of this secluded chapel – their battles of wit are as sparkling as ever, but is there a darkness at the heart of the Merry War…?

After their 2016 Hope Theatre success Macbeths, GOLEM! returns with another reimagined and repurposed Shakespeare adaptation, shedding new light on a story you might think you already know.

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 2 hours including interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM (2.30PM ON MATINEES)

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm. EXCEPT for the 4 matinee performances on 21, 24, 28 June & 1 July when under 18s can be admitted due to a 2.30pm start time at these 4 performances.

Refunds are not available. In extreme circumstances tickets purchased may be exchanged for another performance if adequate written notice is provided.

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booking:
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0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)