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