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Performance dates & times

Tuesday 23 Jul
11:00 AM
Thursday 25 Jul
11:00 AM

Post-show Q&A with the cast on Thursday 25 July

Running Time 2 hours and 10 minutes

Price range

Per student

One complimentary teacher per 20 students. Additional teachers at student prices.

All bookings to be made directly with Bell Shakespeare - email or call 1300 305 730.

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

SUITABILITY: Years 7 – 12

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings.

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love and loathing of each other.

Claudio however is quickly seduced by envy and this idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
English Personal and Social
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Theatre Studies Unit 4 - PLAYLIST
Drama Unit 1
Theatre Studies Unit 1 and Unit 4
English & English as an Additional Language

Themes and Ideas

  • Shakespeare and Elizabethan Theatre
  • Contemporary Shakespearian performance
  • Performance skills and techniques
  • Adaptation and rethinking of classic texts
  • Identity
  • Comedy

Teaching Resources

Bell Shakespeare’s Online Learning Pack to support classroom study coming soon!

VCE Theatre Studies forum – coming soon!

Resources for past Bell Shakespeare productions can be found online.


Zindzi Okenyo, Vivienne Awosoga, Danny Ball, Marissa Bennett, Mandy Bishop, Will McDonald, Suzanne Pereira, Duncan Ragg, Paul Reichstein, David Whitney

Creative Team

William Shakespeare
James Evans
Pip Runciman
Composer & Sound Design
Andrée Greenwell
Lighting Designer
Niklas Pajanti
Movement & Fight Director
Nigel Poulton
Voice & Text Coach
Jess Chambers

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