Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare


On the deck of a deluxe mobile home a group of friends gather for a week long party full of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics.

As the celebrations continue, two couples emerge. Claudio and Hero fall deeply and madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice resume their altogether more quarrelsome romance. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ charts the course of these two star-crossed courtships as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them both apart.

Rough Magic’s vivid, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy premieres at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019 before a national tour in November. This festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love?

Kilkenny Arts Festival 8th-17th August

National Tour



9th November Siamsa Tíre, Tralee book tickets
12th-13th November The Everyman, Cork book tickets
15th November Theatre Royal, Waterford book tickets

18th November An Grianán, Letterkenny book tickets
20th November Backstage Theatre, Longford    book tickets

22th November Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick book tickets


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