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Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Judith Allen

June 1 - June 29

Due to the 2 cancelled performances on 6/21 & 6/22 we have ADDED a performance on Thursday, 6.27! All tickets that were reserved for cancelled shows can be replaced to use for any of our 3 remaining performances by contacting the Lincoln Center Box Office (970) 221-6730


“I can see he's not in your good books,' said the messenger. 'No, and if he were I would burn my library.” Wm. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

The war is over! Or is it? The soldiers may be returning from WWII, but between Benedick and Beatrice, the battle is just beginning. Stubborn bachelor Benedick thinks he hates Beatrice, but he doesn’t. Self-assured Beatrice thinks she hates Benedick, but she really doesn’t. Despite obstacles of all sorts and the meddling of some quirky characters, truth and honesty win the day with love conquering all. William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a lively showdown between the sexes with razor sharp wordplay, romantic hijinks, and robust hilarity. It’s time for adventure in the park and under the stars. Featuring nightly food trucks.

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"I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me." Wm. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Plot Summary

World War II is over! Don Pedro, accompanied by Claudio, Benedick  and a small contingent of soldiers are in  the process of de-mobilization. They stop at the country estate of long-time friend Leonato.  Claudio and Leonato’s daughter Hero fall instantly in love and hope to marry.  Leonato’s feisty niece, Beatrice, and Benedick resume their never-resting “war of wit” and declare they will never marry.

While everyone else plots to help Beatrice and Benedick acknowledge their love, Don Pedro’s half-brother, Don John, with the help of fellow soldier and friend Borachio, contrives a more sinister outcome to the visit. Together they deceive Claudio into thinking Hero has been unfaithful to him. Claudio then shames Hero at the altar and refuses to marry her. Torn between duty and his heart, Benedick is swayed by Beatrice's defense of Hero. United in the cause of Hero's revenge, the emotional walls crumble and Benedick and Beatrice finally declare their love for one another.  Meanwhile, bumbling local constable Dogberry, and his night watch stumble on the conspiracy against the young lovers and save the day. With the malicious plan exposed, the young lovers reunite, the troublemakers are arrested and the war of wit dissolves between Beatrice and Benedick and they agree to marry as well.

As one of only two plays written by William Shakespeare primarily in prose, Much Ado About Nothing is a comic masterpiece about misunderstandings, deception, and most importantly, love.

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The Experience

Full of lovers and villains and bumbling heroes, Much Ado About Nothing will give everybody something to cheer about. Our production takes place just as World War II is ending, and soldiers returning home from the reality of war are caught up in the merry war of wits between the sexes. The skirmishes in this battle may be more playful, but they may also be more dangerous than anyone expects.

Join OpenStage Theatre in the park and under the stars for Shakespeare’s most performed comedy. Walk in, bike in, or drive in! Doesn't matter how you get there, bring the troop and dive into the FUN! Shows start at 7 pm, get there early to set up chairs and blankets, and grab a bite from one of our nightly food trucks.  Run time: 90 Min. s.

The Creator


William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon." His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately thirty-eight plays, one hundred and fifty-four sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. 

Performance Schedule and Ticket Options


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