by William Shakespeare
directed by Simon Godwin
filmed live from the National Theatre
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.
The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick. Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Antony and Cleopatra, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy.
“Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan are a blast in this luxuriously eccentric take on Shakespeare’s romcom.” —TimeOut
“The gift that keeps on giving.” —The Observer
“The emotional heft of an earthquake.” —The Times