Bard is rosy in the Sheffield garden

Heartbreak Productions open air theatre perform Much Ado about Nothing at the Botanical Gardens Sheffield on Thursday
Heartbreak Productions open air theatre perform Much Ado about Nothing at the Botanical Gardens Sheffield on Thursday
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PACK up your picnics and dig out your rugs - Shakespeare’s coming to town.

The Bard’s annual summer production arrived at Sheffield Botanical Gardens yesterday and this year’s treat is Much Ado About Nothing.

Shows take place this weekend - at 5pm today, and at 2pm and 7pm tomorrow.

And theatre lovers are invited to go along to the Botanical Gardens off Ecclesall Road and take a rug, picnic, bottle of wine - and perhaps some waterproofs too!

Heartbreak Production’s take on the classic comedy is set in the post World War II era.

Set amid a flurry of 1940s air force uniforms and a whirlwind of wartime song and dance, the show is described as a ‘sexy, sunny comedy full of sparkling merriment’.

Much Ado tells the story of two sets of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero.

Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very ‘merry war’ both proclaiming their scorn for love, marriage, and each other.

In contrast, Claudio and Hero are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.

Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other while Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar.

However Dogberry, a constable, discovers the evil trickery of the villain, Don John, sees him off, and by the end everyone is joining in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

A spokesman from Heartbreak Productions said: “Dynamic, poignant and ultimately hilarious, this production guarantees audiences will be filling the skies with the roar of laughter.”

n Log on to www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk to buy tickets for this weekend’s shows.

n Play review on P17.