Hip hop Shakespeare stageshow premieres in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 16:11 08 April 2011 | UPDATED: 16:15 08 April 2011

The cast of Funk It Up About Nothin'

The cast of Funk It Up About Nothin'

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Stratford’s Theatre Royal is promising to push the boundaries of musical theatre with a new hip hop-themed Shakespeare production.

Funk It Up About Nothin is a feisty retelling of The Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing which is thrilling audiences the world over.

It begins its run tonight and will continue until May 7.

From its home-town audience in Chicago to Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in New York to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it comes to Theatre Royal Stratford East straight from a six-week tour of Australia.

The show takes Shakespeare’s traditional tale of love and misunderstanding and turns it on its head, injecting energy, funk and the odd rude bit to create an inner-city love story for the masses.

It promises to follows other groundbreaking shows staged in Stratford, such as The Harder They Come and Britain’s Got Bhangra, in pushing the boundaries of musical productions for new audiences.

Artistic director Kerry Michaeld: “Stratford East is the perfect home for a show as fresh, funky and unconventional as this one.

“It chews up this 500-year-old love story and spits it out. This show will appeal to anyone who is wrapped up in the Royal Wedding fever but want to see a love story with a difference as well as those who just want to have a great night out.”

The creators and directors of Funk It Up About Nothin’ are The Q Brothers (also known as GQ and JQ) — the writing and directing team behind the 2002 West End hit The Bomb-itty of Errors — who are passionate about taking Shakespeare’s storytelling and transforming it to attract a new audience.

Tickets, priced from £8, are available from the Theatre Royal Stratford East website.

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