2014 Tour

US Tour:

Sebastian River Performing Arts Center, FL
Sat Sep 6th @ 7pm
Donations at the door underwritten by Quail Valley Charities
Presented by the The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation

Liddie Murphy Theatre @ Andrew College, GA
Mon Sep 8th & Tue Sep 9th @ 7pm
$10 General Admission / $5 Andrew college faculty & staff; other students / Free for Andrew College Students

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts @ Madisonville, KY
Thu Sep 11th @ 7pm
$8 Adults / $4 students
Booking Information: http://www.glemacenter.org or 270-821-ARTS

Roxy Auditorium @ Nashville School of the Arts, TN
Sat Sep 13th
$10 for Adults / $7 for Students
To reserve tickets: 615-291-6600 ext 122

Cottingham Theatre @ Columbia College, SC
Wed Sep 17th & Thu Sep 18th @ 7:30pm
$10 for Adults / $5 for Students, Seniors (65 and over) and CC Alumnae
To reserve tickets: 803-786-3850

The Theatre @ Washington VA
Sat Sep 20th @ 8pm & Sun Sep 21st @ 3pm
$25 for Adults / $10 for Students
Booking Information: theatre-washington-va.com or 540-675-1253

Performing Arts Center, Pealer Recital Hall @ Frostburg State University, MD
Tue Sep 23rd @ 7:30pm
$12.00 General / $6.00 Students
Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, call 301-687-4221.

Cleary Family Auditorium @ St. John Fisher College, NY
Thu Sep 25th @ 7pm
$5.00 General Public / Free for St. John Fisher Faculty, Staff, and Students with ID

Alumnae Hall @ Brown University, RI
Sat Sep 27th & Sun Sep 28th @ 8pm
Free Admission
Presented by Shakespeare On The Green

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The Show

Hero and Claudio are falling in love, but aren’t a strong enough pairing to outplay the scheming Don John. Meanwhile, old sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick revel in their war of words, but neither wants to get married and certainly not to each other. As they take up opposing corners, matching each other line for line, their friends team up to plot a way to bring them together.

For this cast of players, it’s a game of five acts.

Filled with live music, a line up of vibrant characters and sparkling dialogue, this is Shakespeare’s comedic skill at its absolute best. As devious strategies are prepared, sides drawn and redrawn, and untruth after untruth exposed, the outcome of each romantic match is just too close to call at least until the final hand has been shown.

Performance Notes:

The real joy of Much Ado About Nothing is that the play seems to exist within its own unique, hermetically sealed world, uniting the dichotomy usually found in Shakesperean comedy between the regulated city and the free-play of the forest - so, for example, in As You Like It between the french court and the forest of Arden, or in A Midsummer Night’s Dream between the palace of Theseus and the woodland of the fairies.

In Much Ado About Nothing there is only Messina and its inhabitants - and so the plot, no matter how far fetched it may seem today, has to be made to feel very human. Much Ado About Nothing is also the most prosaic of Shakespeare’s plays and as a result the language feels very contemporary, very fresh. Bearing this in mind, for our production we’ve focused on trying to imagine a world which both makes sense of the play and makes sense for our audience. The result is a European holiday villa, where the pace of life slows, the wine flows and a spirit of fun prevails. The phrase ’it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt’ springs to mind, but in Much Ado About Nothing without the city to return to it’s up to the characters to pick up the pieces. It’s this blending of the comedic with the serious, of the action with consequence, that makes Much Ado About Nothing such a rich and rewarding play to work with.

About CAST

CAST, established under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench in 2000, is one of the major international theatre tours of the University of Cambridge. It aims to bring the work of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the eastern United States.

Now in its fifteenth year, Cambridge University’s largest international tour show has been performing to packed houses and critical acclaim since 2000. Each September, Cambridge’s most talented actors, directors, designers and technicians travel across the Atlantic to bring a Shakespeare play to colleges, high schools and professional theatres. This year’s production will be Much Ado About Nothing will be directed by Emily Burns.

CAST is increasingly renowned as a showcase of the leading dramatic talent in Cambridge, including countless actors and directors about to enter the world of professional theatre. The directors of the last six CAST productions have gone on to successful careers in theatre directing.