By William Shakespeare
Choreography by Chase Brock
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah


Mobile Shakespeare Unit
The Public Theater


“Chase Brock’s choreography is similarly streamlined and effective, erupting in a few moments of social dance that make the most of the performers’ personalities.”

– The New York Times


“Given the surge of British Shakespeare productions in New York this season, can the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit score a hit with its new outing of Much Ado About Nothing? You bet. The action opens with a fashion show, the cast strutting their American verve and style. These New York actors keep Shakespeare real as they move confidently across the stage, through the aisles, or playfully landing on an audience member’s lap, borrowing his hat for the dramatic moment. No doubt this is Shakespeare with a strong New York accent and attitude. Shane Rettig has composed some upbeat music that begs you to dance to its lively measures, and Chase Brock’s nifty dance sequences are incorporated into pivotal scenes and at the finale.”



“Bringing Shakespeare to the masses was central to Joe Papp’s vision of outreach when he saved the city’s first public library from demolition by transforming it into the Public Theater. The theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit remains on the front lines of the mission, performing classic plays guerrilla style all over the city, in parks, senior centers and homeless shelters. Nigerian-Brit director Kwame Kwei-Armah has no qualms about shaking up Shakespeare’s relationship frissons with new music and choreography by Broadway denizen Chase Brock.”

– Senior Planet