Shakespeare’s 450th Anniversary


by William Shakespeare
26 May – 5 July 2014
26 May – 5 July 2014
Performances daily at 7.30pm, ex. Sundays

Ticket sales from 28 Apr 2014

65 minutes
20 minutes
55 minutes
approx. at 9.50 pm


Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, has been captivating audiences for centuries not only with a classic tale of romance and love, but also with delightful verbal wit, insight and humanity. Artfully, Shakespeare spins the plot towards the brink of tragedy, thus making the final victory of love even more joyful.

Celebrating their triumphant return from a military campaign, Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon and his officers stay to revel with Leonato, the governor of Messina. Thoughts of war soon turn into those of love in a “merry war” between the sexes. Whilst young Claudio falls head over heels for Leonato’s fair daughter Hero and soon wins her hand, Benedick and Beatrice engage in a sharp-tongued, hilarious battle of equally strong wits. The newly betrothed couple conspire with Don Pedro to set a “lover’s trap” for Benedick and Beatrice to confess their true feelings to each other. Meanwhile, the villainous Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be “much ado about nothing” and everyone joins in celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.” – Beatrice

Cast & Creative Team

James Morley
Ellie Burrow
Lucy Faint
Nicola Jayne Ingram
Jonathan Glew
Richard Hand
Alan J Mirren
Jack Bannell
Zachary Powell
Edward Clarke

Joyce Branagh
Nancy Surman
Jonathan Glew


Messina, around the year 1800

The action of the play takes place in the garden of Leonato, Governor of Messina, over a few days in summer, just as the recent war has come to an end.
There will be one intermission of twenty minutes.

No photographs or recording allowed in the theatre without prior permission from the management.