Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings.
Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other. Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.
But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?
Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops.
Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Director James Evans
A PDF of classroom activities, production imagery, and audio-visual resources from members of the creative team will can be provided.
Date July 2019
Duration 75 mins
Cost Free with a school booking (subject to availability)
Bell Shakespeare’s Regional Access Workshops are highly interactive workshops covering the plot synopsis, character journeys and design images from Much Ado About Nothing. Workshops are taught by an experienced arts educator from Bell Shakespeare and can accommodate a maximum of 40 students. Schools may combine if necessary.
Workshop Bookings Workshops spaces are limited, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9792 31111.
John Bell Scholarship Auditions
A once in a lifetime opportunity to spend one week with Bell Shakespeare in Sydney. Students take part a 15 minute audition with a Bell Shakespeare Arts Educator and are asked to perform a 1–2 minute monologue from any Shakespeare play. A suggested monologue list is available. The Scholarship is open to full-time high school students studying in 2019. They must be at least 16 years of age by 31 December 2019.
More information Contact BREC’s Education team on email email@example.com or phone 08 9792 31111.