Much Ado About Nothing

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Karen Carleton
Performed in:
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 28 May, 4 June 2004
Airfield Gardens, 18 - 21 June 2004
Kilruddery Gardens, 26 June 2004

Very much said about many things, in fact! During the course of the play the Bard's writing dips into matters of spying and eavesdropping, deception and infidelity and of course the opposite sex.

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Background to the play

The story at the centre of this comedy concerns a pair of lovers named Claudio and Hero who are due to be married in a week. To pass the time before their wedding day, they conspire with Don Pedro, the prince of Aragon, to trick their friends, Beatrice and Benedick, into confessing their love for one another. The prince's illegitimate brother, Don John, however, jealous of both Don Pedro's power and his affection for Claudio, plans to destroy the coming wedding.


The play was probably first performed in 1598 or 1599 and was published in 1600 by the stationers Andrew Wise and William Aspley.


The play is set in Messina, a port on the island of Sicily, which was ruled by Spain when Shakespeare wrote the 'Much Ado About Nothing'. However, the characters are written to be more Italian in nature, perhaps because England was at war with Spain at the time. Most of the action takes place at and around the home of Leonato with some scenes set in the city.


Household at Messina, Sicily

Leonato, Govenor of Messina
Antonio, his brother
Hero, his daughter
Beatrice, his neice
Margaret, gentlewoman to Hero
Ursula Gentlewoman to Hero
Friar Francis

Visitors to Messina
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon
Don John, his bastard brother Claudio, a young lord of Florence
Benedick of Padua
Conrade follower of Don John
Borachio follower of Don John
Balthazar attendant on Don John

The Watch at Messina
Hugh Oatcake
Francis Seacole



Peter Flood
Gerry Doyle
Claire Reilly
Antoinette Fahey
Joanne Keane
Hilary Madigan
Tony McGettigan

Basil Ashmawy
David Walsh
Patrick O'Malley
Sean Murphy
Oran O'Rua
Jim Carroll
Marcus O'Donnell

Geoffrey O'Keeffe
Paul Sharpe
Brendan Dunne
Patrick Biget
Seamus Whelan

Judy McKever
Deirdre Ward
Teresa Dempsey
Doris Cullen

Aoife Lawless
Orla O'Donnell
Catherine McAuliffe
Assistant Director
Costume Design
Set Design
Stage Manager
Lighting Design
Front of House
Set Construction
Karen Carleton
Aoife Lawless
Dympna Murray
Gerard Bourke
Bernard Doyle
Paul Macken
Kevin Breathnach
Teresa Dempsey
Jean Monahan
Brian Dempsey and Bernard Doyle
Gary Wall
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