To commemorate William Shakespeare on his 400th death anniversary, Stagecraft Theatre’s next offering is inspired by his highly acclaimed romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
Set in the vibrant and colourful 70s in Delhi, India, and seen in the context of a time not so distant and yet very definitely past, the play explores Shakespeare’s plot and characters in a time of resurgent national pride post emergency; think Kapil Dev, Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Ambassador cars, Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees, Bell-bottoms, Campa Cola, Chitrahaar… The plot centers around two couples: Kamal falls in love with Harini and their marriage is agreed upon. Bulbul and Bansi despise love and engage in comic banter, while their friends and family conspire to make them fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Jagdish, a cousin, contrives a more malicious plot to keep them apart. Placing the story in a different time and place, the play, attempts a refreshing and equally entertaining portrayal, uncovering a new landscape from which to regard the fleeting and the eternal nature of love and life.
Directed By: Vikash Khurana
Featuring: Leonard Leo, Krutika Rangari, Anuj Singh, Shruti Mundada, Radhika Joshi, Nitish Chandra, Aditya Bansod, Arya Diwakar, Onkar Ghare.
It was staged on Sunday, 13th November 2016 at the RGIIPM Auditorium, Nagpur.