Buy Tickets From the 2019-2020 Season: POSTPONED: Much Ado About Nothing Playing March 14, 2020 to April 05, 2020

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show

Kirstin Calvert, Nicholas Faircloth

The current production of Much Ado About Nothing has been postponed. Once we are able to host crowds again, we will publish the new dates and the dates of our future productions!

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Beginning July 2019, our student ticket prices are as follows:
$15 General Admission Tickets on Thursdays
$20 in all sections on Fridays and Sundays
(No student discounts on Saturdays)

Read the Plot Synopsis

Leonato, Governor of Messina, is host to Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon, who has come from suppressing a rebellion by his bastard brother, Don John. With Pedro are John, now “reconciled” to him; Claudio, a young Florentine lord, of whom John is bitterly resentful; and a Paduan lord, Benedick, said to be a confirmed bachelor and engaged in a “merry war” with Leonato’s niece, Beatrice, apparently a confirmed spinster. Claudio loves Leonato’s daughter, Hero; Don John swears to thwart him. After a masked ball the wedding of Claudio and Hero is planned. Borachio, Don John’s follower, tells him that having seen that the Prince and Claudio are listening, he will exchange love vows by night with Hero’s gentlewoman, dressed in her mistress’s clothes, at Hero’s bedroom window.

Pedro, Claudio and Leonato ensure that Benedick (hidden in a garden arbour) hears them discuss Beatrice’s presumably passionate love for him. Hero and Ursula play a similar trick on the listening Beatrice (here the passion is Benedick’s). On the night before the wedding Don John offers to give the Prince and Claudio proof of Hero’s unfaithfulness. Later, Borachio heard boasting about his successful deceit to a drunken comrade, is arrested by the Watch and taken to Dogberry, the constable. Before Leonato can know anything, the wedding ceremony is due. In the church Claudio denounces Hero, who faints. The Friar proposes that Hero be reported dead and hidden until the truth is known. Beatrice, much grieved, urges Benedick to kill Claudio. At length all is revealed and the penitent Claudio promises to marry a niece of Leonato, said to be the image of the “dead” Hero. She is, of course, Hero herself; Beatrice and Benedick, as expected, resolve their “merry war,” and news comes that Don John has been taken prisoner.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Director's Notes

Directed by Andrew Houchins

Show Information


Act One: 70 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act Two: 75 min
Show will end around 10:30pm / 9:30pm Sundays

Show Roles

Performances March 14-TBA, 2020

Dramatis Personae
Don Pedro - Vinnie Mascola
Don John - J.L. Reed
Claudio - Sariel Toribio
Benedick - Nicholas Faircloth
Leonato - Anja Lee*
Antonio - J. Tony Brown*
Hero - Alexandra Pica
Beatrice - Kirstin Calvert
Margaret - Amanda Lindsey
Ursula - Carlyle DePriest
Borachio - Joshua Goodridge
Conrade - Payton Briggs Anderson
Dogberry - Maurice Ralston*
Verges - Adam King
Sexton - J. Tony Brown*
Friar Frances - Adam King
Balthasar - Johnny Bakis
The Watch - J.L. Reed, Carlyle DePriest, Johnny Bakis
Musicians - Adam King, Payton Briggs Anderson, Carlyle DePriest
Party Guest - Maurice Ralston*
Soldiers- Maurice Ralston*, Adam King
Ensemble - Amanda Lindsey, Joshua Goodridge, Payton Briggs Anderson, Maurice Ralston*, J.L. Reed, Carlyle DePriest, Johnny Bakis

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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