Much Ado About Nothing

Spring 1937


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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Performed - April 21st to April 24th 1937 at Blenkin Memorial Hall, Boston


Synopsis
Much Ado about Nothing has long been celebrated as one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. The central relationship, between Benedick and Beatrice, is wittily combative until love prevails. Broader comedy is provided by Dogberry, Verges and the watchmen. The drama ranges between the destructively sinister and the lyrically romantic, giving the whole a complex and sometimes problematic character.

The plot includes manipulative matchmaking, control freakery par excellence, downright wickedness and, in Beatrice and Benedick, a pair of the sparkiest lovers Shakespeare ever dreamed up. Something for everyone.

The action of the play takes place in Messina, Sicily.

The play is presented in three parts with two intervals of seven minutes.

Review
No review available.

Cast
Actors names on right:

Leonato - Mr Melville Baker
Messenger - Mr V.M. Hindle
Beatrice - Mrs C. Dawson
Hero - Mrs R.V. Borgonon
Don Pedro - Rev. E. Horne
Benedick - Mr E.F. Hoyles
Claudio - Mr I.T. Fraser
Don John - Mr F.M. Bryant
Antonio - Mr E.F. Wain
Conrade - Mr F.R. George
Borachio - Mr J.M. Enderby
Balthasar - Mr G.H. Wheeldon
Margaret - Miss N. Skrimshire
Ursula - Miss J. Dring
Boy - Miss F. Goodacre
Dogberry - Mr E.A. Lingard
Verges - Mr H.G. Frost
First Watchman - Mr G.H. Wheeldon
Second Watchman - Mr C.W. Rogers
Third Watchman - Mr G.P. Ellam
Friar Francis - Mr Arnold Bell
Sexton - Mr V.M. Hindle
Gentlewoman - Miss M.E. Comer

Production Team
Stage Manager - Mr F.J. Miller
Business Manager - Mr G.R. Comer
Staging & Scenery - Miss J.M. Cheshire, Messrs. G.P. Ellam, F.J. Miller, G.L. Nussey and A.E. Scotney
Lighting - Mr C.W. Rogers
Costumes - Members of the society under the direction of the Wardrobe Committee.
Music & Dances - arranged by: Mr Derek F. Shepherd

Orchestra
Violin Mr W. Bradley
Cello Mr S. Hodgson
Piano Mr D.F. Shepherd