Much Ado About Nothing  
Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Jean Carr and John Morton

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th May
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 20th May

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street

This production will also tour to the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare in Paris during June. More details here

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's later plays and a complex mix of darkness and light - as full of cruelty as humour, as much about malice and repressed desire as joy and openly declared love and as interested in what cannot be said as in the delights of speaking.

It is a play where words often mask rather than reveal the truth - Beatrice and Benedick constantly feign indifference to each other while revelling in their brilliant verbal sparring; Don John convinces those he envies that they have witnessed infidelity; Hero is declared dead but lives for a second wedding and Dogberry pompously uses words in a way that confuses and misleads everyone who hears them.

Rumour, gossip and eavesdropping abound - sometimes characters overhear the truth as when the simple men of the Watch uncover the plot to dishonour Hero, but more often they are deceived - Antonio believes that Don Pedro intends to woo Hero for himself, Beatrice and Benedick are duped into confessing their love for each other and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar in the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful.

Fortunately, misunderstandings are eventually resolved and the play ends with a joyous celebration of love and marriage, with just the odd loose end to add a little interest. .

Cast List

Beatrice : Sarah Evans
Benedick : Shane Sweeney
Leonato : Simon Taylor
Antonio : Jon Gilmartin
Don Pedro
: James McKendrick
Claudio : Paul Isaacs
Don John : Martin Shaw
Borachio : Elliott Bhana
Conrade : Jonathan Brandt
Hero : Asma Mani
Margaret : Juliette Chrisman
Ursula : Sarah Topley
Dogberry : John Chapman
Verges : Peter Novis
Balthasar : Paul Robison
Friar : Tom Salyers
Messenger : Lawrence Warner
Watchmen : Jorge Berlanga, Lawrence Warner
Sexton : Martin Shaw


Production Team

Directors : Jean Carr and John Morton
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Jean Carr and Lottie Mundy
Lighting Design : Robin Snowdon
Producer : Lucy Bloxham