Visitors to the Utah Shakespeare Festival are getting a special performance this week. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London has brought a group of recent graduates' touring production of Much Ado About Nothing to Cedar City. This is the first time that this touring production is being preformed in the United States. The 90 minute production of this show is set for 9:30am in the Anes Studio Theatre. Audience will watch ten graduates from this London training program perform. Alan Rickman, Allison Janney, Anthony Hopkins, Glenda Jackson, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, and Richard Attenborough are just some of the alumni of the academy. Announced more than two years ago, the partnership between the Festival and RADA is being fully realized after a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership includes a commitment to present the annual RADA play at the Festival and to hire at least one RADA student or graduate in the Festival acting company each season. The partnership has been funded by an anonymous donor. The performance runs through Saturday, and you can get tickets and information here.

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