By William Shakespeare
I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me
War-weary heroes return to their Mediterranean home, but now sparks fly as a different battle commences. Will love triumph?
Starring Shakespeare's most reluctant lovers, Much Ado is a joyous, wise-cracking comedy of love, honour and second chances.
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''Timothy Sheader’s second season…gets off to a cracking start with this charming and crowd-pleasing account of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedy''
"A blistering performance from Samantha Spiro as a fiercely intelligent Beatrice full of late-blooming brio. You really do believe a star danced in the heavens when she was born."
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"Plenty of laughs…a robustly funny, fast-paced production."
"Samantha Spiro was surely born to play the rapier-witted Beatrice... she fires out her lines delightfully and entirely dominates the stage."
"The Open Air Theatre exists as a lovely way to spend a summer’s evening and with this it certainly succeeds."
"Samantha Spiro is an energetic and intelligent Beatrice... a stellar performance."
- Director – Timothy Sheader
- Set Designer – Philip Witcomb
- Costume Designer – Deirdre Clancy
- Composer – David Shrubsole
- Choreographer – Ann Yee
- Lighting Designer – Simon Mills
- Sound Designer – Fergus O'Hare
- Casting Director – Ginny Schiller
- Voice Coach & Text Consultant – Barbara Houseman
- Language & Verse Consultant – Giles Taylor
- Assistant Director – Kate Sagovsky
- Assistant Choreographer – David Grewcock
- Borachio – Peter Bramhill
- Benedick – Sean Campion
- Don Pedro – Silas Carson
- Watch/Messenger – Eke Chukwu
- Leonato – Nigel Cooke
- Verges – Simon Gregor
- Balthasar – Tim Howar
- Ursula – Sarah Ingram
- Conrade – Chris Jared
- Claudio – Ben Mansfield
- Watch – Mark McGee
- Watch/Sexton – Harry Myers
- Dogberry – Anthony O'Donnell
- Hero – Anneika Rose
- Margaret – Annalisa Rossi
- Beatrice – Samantha Spiro
- Don John – Tim Steed
- Waiting Woman – Kate Tydman
- Friar Francis – David Whitworth