Much Ado About Nothing

William SHAKESPEARE (1564 - 1616)


Written around the middle of his career, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's great festive comedies. The men are back from the war, and everyone is ready for romance. The dashing young Claudio falls for Hero, the daughter of Leonato, governor of Messina, and his friend Don Pedro helps him secure her affection. These youthful lovers are contrasted with the more experienced (and more cynical) Benedick and Beatrice, who have to be tricked into falling in love. Don Pedro's bastard brother, Don John, provides the intrigue, and the dimwitted constable Dogberry provides the laughs. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast:

Don Pedro: Janice
Don John: Christie Nowak
Claudio: Lizzie Driver
Benedick: Elizabeth Klett
Leonato: StephenC
Antonio: Caliban
Balthazar: David O'Connell
Borachio: Troy Bond
Conrade: James Pritchard
Dogberry: Rosalind Wills
Verges: Lamarr Gulley
Friar Francis: Sharontzu
Sexton: Aleithia
Boy: Arielle Lipshaw
Hero: Karen Savage
Beatrice: Kristin Hughes
Margaret: Gates Maru
Ursula: Sibella Denton
Messenger: Josh Wilson
First Watch: Graham Dailey
Second Watch: Caliban
A Lord:Gilles Lehoux
Narrator: Laurie Anne Walden

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

Genre(s): Comedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Dramatis Personae Laurie Anne Walden
00:01:48
Play 02 Act I Group 00:20:17
Play 03 Act II Group 00:36:04
Play 04 Act III Group 00:26:18
Play 05 Act IV Group 00:20:54
Play 06 Act V Group 00:31:12