30 The news studio


Standby for transmission

When Shakespeare was to be retold for a modern audience it was a television news studio location which helped to update humour written four centuries ago. Much Ado About Nothing is a play that relies on misunderstandings and overheard conversations, so where better to set a modern television production of the play than a television news studio – perfect for eavesdropping. It is also a place of illusion. The news studio is often an elevated backdrop of a city at night, presided over by a pair of benign oracles who dispense wisdom to the cabled and online world from behind the swish, uncluttered lines of a vast and authoritative presenter’s desk or standing in front of a vast wall of video and graphics. ...

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