Shakespeare 24
Booking information

East London Shakespeare Festival is heading to Lauderdale House with sparkling rom-com Much Ado About Nothing.

Sun-soaked mischief & romance under the Mediterranean stars. Set against the luxurious backdrop of a modern-day Messina, this opulent tale is brimming with wit, trickery & mischief with heart coming out on top. With ELSF’s trademark contemporary twists and turns, high-energy party numbers and audience participation. A family friendly night!

The East London Shakespeare Festival (ELSF) merges the contemporary culture of London with the inspirational storytelling of Shakespeare’s plays in outdoor parks and community spaces across London. They launched in 2021 with a magical, riotous, sold-out production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (receiving an Off West End Award Nomination for Best Company), an 80's inspired Twelfth Night in 2022 and another Off West End Award Nomination for Best Company Ensemble for Romeo & Juliet in 2023. A festival vibe will be encouraged with gates opening an hour before the show, so bring a picnic and why not sign up for a mask-making workshop run one of our in-house-party-goers (actors) - make your own mask and be part of the masked party!

Parental Guidance - the play features kissing. The show is directed by Rosie Ward. The producers - and co-directors of the East London Shakespeare Festival – are: Ursula Early & Rosie Ward.

Booking information

This performance will take place on the Tea Lawn at the back of Lauderdale House. 

If you would like to sit together, please book together, as this allows us to assign each booking a socially distanced space.

Chairs will not be provided so please bring either a picnic blanket or a chair to make yourself comfortable. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group, the whole group will need to be on chairs or on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two.

We have a limited number of picnic tables and benches (see map below) available as group tickets – book these early to avoid disappointment. 

If you have a disability or any special requirements please get in touch with us so that we can best accommodate you.

Seating Map


The performance will continue regardless of the weather unless unsafe. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and a warm jumper. We prefer waterproofs to umbrellas because umbrellas can obstruct views. Don’t forget that if you are on a blanket the ground may be wet so make sure you have a blanket with a waterproof side or bring a plastic sheet. There are no refunds for shows cancelled due to the weather.

Food and Drink

The cafe/bar will be open selling light snacks and drinks before the performance starts and during the interval.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance.