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Much Ado About Nothing

cutting and notes by John Minigan from the original by Shakespeare

This one act annotated version of Shakespeare's comedy brims with wordplay, romance, and deceit.

 About 45 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 16
5 M | 4 W | 7 Any Gender, Doubling Possible


Interior and Exterior


 26 pages

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In addition to traditional live stage performance rights, Much Ado About Nothing can also be performed under the following scenarios.

Virtual Performance

A Virtual Performance is a performance on an online web conferencing platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Meets where performers are geographically isolated from one another and not together on a stage.

No audience is physically present with the performers. The audience is logged in to the same web conferencing platform as the performers.

Each time the play is performed for a virtual audience of any size (whether or not admission is charged) constitutes one performance.

Livestream Performance

Productions of Much Ado About Nothing may be Livestreamed.

All Livestream Performances must be conducted through our Authorized Streaming Partner, BookTix. Please contact BookTix at info@booktix.com for more information about Livestreaming.

A Livestream Performance is a traditional performance that is livestreamed to the Internet as the actors are performing. Instead of watching the show live in the theatre, the audience watches virtually from their home or other location.

All Livestream Performances must be conducted through our Authorized Streaming Partner, BookTix. Please contact BookTix at info@booktix.com for more information about Livestreaming.

A Livestream Performance may be pre-recorded. Recordings for pre-recorded Livestreams may be made if the recording is destroyed at the conclusion of the production. Should the producing organization want to retain the recording for archival purposes, they must purchase a separate Videorecording License from Theatrefolk.

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Theatrefolk cannot be held responsible for any issues, technical, financial, legal, or otherwise, arising from the producing organization’s relationship with BookTix.

Each time the show is Livestreamed (whether performed live or pre-recorded) constitutes one performance.

One license, three ways to use it

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The sparkling wordplay of Beatrice and Benedick are at the centre of this romantic comedy, which also brims with villainy, schemes, and deceit.


Characters

 16
5 Men, 4 Women, 7 Any Gender, Doubling Possible

MALE:


DON PEDRO [M]
53 lines
A Prince from Aragon. Benedick and Claudio’s commanding officer.
DON JOHN [M]
27 lines
Don Pedro’s bastard brother.
BENEDICK [M]
72 lines
A soldier. In a relationship with Beatrice.
CLAUDIO [M]
42 lines
A soldier. In a relationship with Hero.
FRIAR FRANCIS [M]
13 lines

FEMALE:


BEATRICE [W]
60 lines
Leonato’s/Leonata’s niece. In a relationship with Benedick.
HERO [W]
24 lines
Leonato’s/Leonata’s daughter. In a relationship with Claudio.
MARGARET [W]
5 lines
Gentlewoman to Hero.
URSULA [W]
11 lines
Gentlewoman to Hero.

EITHER MALE OR FEMALE:


LEONATO/LEONATA [A]
51 lines
Governor of Messina. Hero’s father and Beatrice’s uncle.
BORACHIO/BORACHIA [A]
17 lines
Follower of Don John.
CONRADE/CONSTANZA [A]
11 lines
Follower of Don John.
DOGBERRY [A]
22 lines
A constable.
VERGES [A]
13 lines
A police recruit.
MESSENGER [A]
5 lines
SEXTON [A]
4 lines


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 About 45 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 16
5 M | 4 W | 7 Any Gender, Doubling Possible


Interior and Exterior


 26 pages

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