Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s great comedies. It revolves around two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, and Hero and Claudio – but of course love is never a straightforward matter.

Beatrice and Benedick fight a “merry war”, loudly proclaiming their scorn for love, marriage and each other, while Hero and Claudio – not yet casualties on the field of love – are content to whisper sweet nothings. But Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar, and it is left to Dogberry, the bumbling Constable of the Watch, and to Beatrice and Benedick themselves, to unwittingly ensure the course of love runs smooth.

Cast list

Leonato
Tony Mant
Antonia
Sue Brown
Hero
Harriet Grenville
Beatrice
Hannah Robertson
Don Pedro
Jonathan Ashby
The Lady Innogen
Eve Winters
Benedick
Matt Wellard
Claudio
Josh Poole
Borachio
Luke Burton
Conrade
Daniel Deville
Margaret
Rebecca Wire
Ursula
Heather MacEachern
Dogberry
Gary Smith
Verges
Emily Dance
Watchmen of Messina
Tim Allison, David Stacey, David Wembridge
A Sexton
Liz Brindley
Friar Francis
David Stacey
Messenger
Sarah Hall
Balthasar
Luke Burton
Attendants, Party goers, Wedding guests
Angela Byrne, Jane Robertson, Sophie Spencer, Kirsty Goodman