Much Ado About Nothing
SATURDAY 4 MARCH
Doors open at 5pm
Performance begins at approximately 6:30pm
Held in our shady courtyard at the Cellar Door Cafe, this is our seventh year of hosting Essential Theatre and their 15th year of producing Shakespeare in the vines.
Sit back, sip on one of our fabulous glasses of wine, and relax as another wonderful Shakespeare performance unfolds – After victory at war Don Pedro leads his soldiers including the dashing young Claudio and the clever wordsmith Benedick to the home of Leonato. The soldiers are greeted warmly by Leonato and his charming daughter Hero and consequently invited to stay for the month.
Leonato’s witty niece, Beatrice, engages in a merry war of words with Benedick; both talking a mile a minute, proclaiming their scorn for love, marriage, and each other.
In contrast, Claudio and Hero upon meeting for the first time are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another and are quickly betrothed.
Everyone is convinced Benedick and Beatrice should couple, so a cunning plan to trick them into confessing their love for each other is devised.
Meanwhile the bastard brother of Don Pedro, Don John, devises a meddling plan to trick Claudio into rejecting Hero at the altar accusing her of being unfaithful.
The acerbic wit and feisty intelligence of Beatrice and Benedick make them two of Shakespeare’s most irresistible characters. Amongst the romance Shakespeare also delights us with comical mishaps of the night watchmen, Dogberry and Verges.
This fifteenth anniversary production promises to be bigger and better than ever.