David Tennant, Catherine Tate, and Josie Rourke for Throwback Thursday Promotional Shoot for Much Ado About Nothing
Excerpts from the Telegraph interview with David, Catherine, and Josie by Dominic Cavendish (published May 10th, 2011) [X]
Josie Rourke: I got a call saying, “Would you be interested in doing a production of Much Ado About Nothing with Catherine Tate and David Tennant?” And it’s a dream job, really. Their chemistry is very profound
but it’s directed outwards: this has been one of the happiest acting
companies I’ve worked with. It’s also very helpful when you’re
conceiving a production knowing some of the casting. If it had been a
different Beatrice and Benedick, it would have been a different
Dominic Cavendish: The phrase “sex war” does cut to the chase of the play, doesn’t
it? What makes Benedick so antagonistic, outwardly at least, to the
opposite sex, do you think?
David Tennant: I sense that all that misogyny
comes out of self-loathing. There’s fear of commitment, fear of
emotional attachment and vulnerability. It’s very recognisable.
It strikes me how this play is really the template for every romantic
comedy – the couple who can’t live with each other, can’t live without
Catherine Tate: We meet them at a time when you get the sense
that they’ve been the coolest people in the room, and they’re getting to
an age when they’re going to get left on the shelf and start looking
sad. They both very quickly cave in when they think the other loves
David Tennant: They cave in with enthusiasm!
Michael Coveney’s article/interview with Josie Rourke in The Independant (May 27, 2011)
“I have never laughed so much in a
rehearsal room. My memory of this will be of wandering into a room and
finding one of them making the other laugh.
"They are incredibly quick and intuitive in their response to each other, and that carries over directly into the play. They are such great company, and they set the tone for everyone else, charging us all up with the effervescent quality of their friendship.”
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