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Dave Tennant and Catherine Tate in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

This evening we saw an hysterical production of Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndhams Theatre.

David Tennant (Benedick) and Catherine Tate (Beatrice)are masters of comedy in this production.

This take on the play is set in the 1980s. The set and costumes have a little bit of a Mama Mia! feel, and a pinch of beach music shows up.

I took my 9-year-old and 11-year-old, so I was a little concerned about some of the more sexually provocative moments in the play — yet those moments were still pretty much in the PG13 range. My wife pointed out my daughters had already gotten the basic idea from the film version starring Denzel Washington and Emma Thompson.

That’s not to knock this production, not at all. Tennant and Tate were very funny, and the play was oustanding.

Last day in London, connecting yesterday’s Dr. Who Experience with tonight’s ‘Much Ado’

Today didn’t go quite as planned. We were going to join a London Walks guided tour to Stonehenge and Salisbury, but I began to feel ill. Most disappointed was Audrey, 9, but she got over it.

Instead, Maggie (11), Kristi (forever 29), Tom (father in law), and I (feeling a tad parenthetical) picked up a two-hour walk from Embankment, across the Jubilee Bridge, along Southbank, up to the top of the Oxo Tower, and around to my in-laws’ temporary neighborhood near Cornwall and Stamford in Lambeth, not far from Waterloo Station.

Tonight, we’ll see David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing. Speaking of Tennant, yesterday I took the girls to see The Dr. Who Experience. Tennant was the most recent past Dr. Who. My 11-year-old is a fan of that enormously successful British television franchise. The Dr. Who Experience will impress any fan. It’s a walk-through experience (guided, segmented funhouse with special effects and video appearances by the current Doctor) followed by an exhibit including the strange creatures, items, actors and information from the series. The gift shop had plenty of DVDs from the series, old seasons from decades past as well as new.