TNT Theatre stages a production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on May 11, 2011. The British theatre group is touring China this spring with a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about 2 couples confused in love and marriage by themselves and those around them.

TNT founder Paul Stebbings has written that “Much Ado About Nothing throws down a challenge to the audience with its very title. What is this play? A comedy that is not always funny? A tragedy with a happy ending? A thriller even? Or is it a masque: that strange mix between symbolic drama and dance theatre that was to overwhelm English theatre a few years after Shakespeare’s death. I think the answer is yes to all these questions”.

Tickets range from 30 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at Creative 100, Building 3, Rm. 107 (enter at the door near The Book Nook). Call 8097.0303 for more information.

When: May 11, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 30-200 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555, 8097.0303

Excerpts from TNT Britain – An Introduction and Manifesto by Paul Stebbings
In 1980 three unemployed actors borrowed a small car and set off on a tour of Britain. They called the company TNT – The New Theatre – and by 2008 that same company is known as “the most popular theatre company in the world” (China National TV) performing in over thirty countries on three continents in 2008 alone.

The same principles that made The London Guardian call the “the most interesting development on the current theatrical scene” back in TNT’s first year are present almost thirty years later as indeed are two of the original members: director (then actor) Paul Stebbings and dramaturg Phil Smith. TNT present a dynamic actor based style of theatre that rejects television based realism in favour of fantasy, imagination, physicality and a muscular approach to serious text. We also like a good laugh. Since 1984 TNT have been exploring music theatre and every production includes a new score. TNT’s first composer was John Kenny and he is still with us. Paul Flush and Thomas Johnson compose for the company too.

We are a physical theatre company, and all the original actors trained in the Grotowski method in Britain and Poland. We aim to combine all the performing arts. TNT’s choreographer since 1992 is Eric Tessier Lavigne.

TNT invented a word “audiencentric” – theatre is for you, our public. The relationship essential in our theatre is not between actor and text, or actor and actor, or actor and director or even designer and director but actor and audience. Simple. And the greatest weapon in TNT’s armoury is your imagination, not ours.

Theatre is a language, we happen to be English so we use a lot of English.

We perform anywhere to anyone … our technical requirement is an audience.

We share a vision of theatre as a global force for positive change: live art for all.

TNT Britain Theatre Much Ado About Nothing Qingdao

Relevant Links:
TNT Britain Much Ado About Nothing on Youku
Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing Full Text
Qingdao Grand Theatre

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