Real-Life Couple To Play Benedick & Beatrice In Stafford Festival Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
A real life couple are preparing to take to the stage to play one of Shakespeare’s most iconic partnerships.
Philip Bretherton and Sherry Baines are playing the famously witty Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at Stafford Castle this summer, for the 25th anniversary Stafford Festival Shakespeare Production.
The pair met just over 25 years ago and were spotted in a theatre bar by Much Ado About Nothing Director Peter Rowe. “Peter spotted us bickering and then approached us asking if we would be interested in performing as Beatrice and Benedick in the Stafford Festival Shakespeare production” the pair commented.
Both have impressive theatre and television careers; Sherry worked for 18 months with Alan Ayckbourn’s company at Scarborough and on tour, appearing in the 25th anniversary production of Bedroom Farce and Callisto 7, both directed by Ayckbourn. She was also the voice of Cherie Blair in the award-winning satirical series, Double Take. Philip has most recently been playing Tony Benn in a one man play by Andy Barrett Tony's Last Tape, directed by Giles Croft. Audiences will also recognise him from his roles as the German team manager in the first two series of Footballers' Wives and as Alistair in As Time Goes By with Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, which he was in for ten series.
When asked what she was looking forward to Sherry commented:
“Lots of things: Beatrice is a part I’ve always wanted to play, the challenging experience of performing in the open air and the fact that I’ll be playing opposite my real-life partner. It’s a dream job”.
“I’m looking forward to working with my partner Sherry on a play for the first time in too many years. But what a play!”
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies thanks to the sharp, witty and unique relationship between Beatrice and Benedick, making them a favourite Shakespearean couple with audiences.
Philip and Sherry have been in rehearsals at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre since Monday 1 June ahead of opening night at Stafford Castle on Thursday 25 June. The production will run until Saturday 11 July with tickets available from just £12. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.co.uk.
Love Midlands Theatre
Sharing the latest theatre news and reviews around the Midlands.