Synopsis & Director's Note
As the nuptial day of the two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, draws closer, a scheming Prince John the Bastard plots to overthrow their happiness. Meanwhile Beatrice and Benedick, two characters who seem to outwardly abhor each other, and thus would make the perfect couple, are engaged in a witty sparring match that threatens to keep them from the realisation of their love.
Much Ado about Nothing is on one of the most light-hearted and relatable of Shakespeare's plays, and it was for those reasons that I chose to direct it for AUSA's Outdoor Summer Shakespeare 2012. Everybody knows a 'Beatrice', who is strong willed to the point of stubbornness, and a 'Benedick', who swears that he will never commit to one woman until she maintains the graces of every woman in the world; if you are unlucky then perhaps you even know a 'Don John', "whose very spirit toils in the frame of villainies".
So, please, allow us to plunge you into the nineteen forties, where the Second World War has just ended, spirits are high and soldiers are returning to Great Britian triuphant. Join us for some Shakspare under the stars...