The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when the ON AIR sign is lit. Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy lands in a cable newsroom, where sparring co-anchors Benedick and Beatrice trade barbs behind the news desk. Helmed by Simon Godwin, “one of the most insightful and sensitive directors of Shakespeare today” (WhatsOnStage), Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect blend of sparkling screwball comedy and revelatory romance.
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“A TON OF FUN…Simon Godwin and his cast tackle one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies … [with] wild abandon.” —The Washington Post
“HILARIOUS…This fizzy romp, confidently directed by Simon Godwin, dials up the comedy for a laughter-filled evening supported by a solid ensemble. Kate Jennings Grant and Rick Holmes expertly maneuver madcap scenes of impressive physical comedy, as well as their later tender moments.” —MD Theatre Guide
“DAZZLING AND INSPIRED…Grant and Holmes give first-rate performances … this reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved characters lands precisely on target.” —DC Theater Arts
“BRILLIANT…Visually joyful, with antics and sight gags galore, this is just the break from election anxiety this town needs.” —BroadwayWorld
“WONDERFUL…the entire cast is immensely talented and all perfect in their roles.” —The Georgetown Dish
“ENGAGING…Grant and Holmes are ideally matched.” —Talkin’ Broadway
“REFRESHING…It’s crazy fun, topsy-turvy and so infectious you’ll find yourself laughing like the proverbial hyena. Comedy at its finest. For God’s sake, go!!!” —Whisk and Quill
“PURE FUN… Kate Jennings Grant’s a sheer force as Beatrice, bringing a droll wit and appealing vulnerability; she’s well-matched by Rick Holmes, who excels at the physical comedy of Benedick’s role.” —DCist
All titles, artists, and dates subject to change.
Director: Simon Godwin
Scenic Designer: Alexander Dodge
Costume Designer: Evie Gurney
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Sound Designer: Fan Zhang
Projection Designer: Aaron Rhyne
Composer: Michael Bruce
Choreographer & Intimacy Consultant: Jesse Kovarsky
Music Director: William Yanesh
Fight Consultant: Lorraine Ressegger-Slone
Dramaturg: Emily Burns
Resident Dramaturg: Dr. Drew Lichtenberg
Resident Casting Director: Danica Rodriguez
Casting: Jack Doulin
Voice and Text Coach: Lisa Beley
Assistant Director: Ashley Mapley-Brittle
Production Stage Manager: Joseph Smelser
Assistant Stage Manager: Joey Blakely
Barbara Harman and William Cain
The Harman Family Foundation
Emily Lenzner and Vivek Jain
The Vos Foundation
This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
The health and well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff are our top priority at STC. Based on audience surveys, CDC recommendations, and the countless hours of work and data analysis of our in-house Covid-19 Committee, STC has developed (and will continue to develop) policies and procedures to best serve everyone entering our theatre and spaces.
Beginning with our production of Much Ado About Nothing this November, STC will be hosting MASK REQUIRED performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays and MASK RECOMMENDED performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.