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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare
directed by John Gilbert

Much Ado About Nothing

What better end to a summer’s day than Shakespeare’s delightful comic romance, staged in the open air? York House Gardens make a perfect setting for the eavesdropping scenes, the famous verbal duels between Beatrice and Benedick, the villainous Don John, and Dogberry’s bumblingly incompetent watch.

This is our Open Air Show, in the gardens of York House. Have a picnic before the show or in the interval (wine, beers, Pimms and soft drinks on sale) and enjoy the lovely setting. Please bring your own rugs or chairs as none are provided for the performance.

What about the weather?
As you know English summers can be blazing hot or decidedly damp.
We intend to carry on with the show come rain or shine so please come suitably prepared.
It is very rare for a performance to be cancelled and never prior to the start time. In the unlikely event of a cancellation please retain your ticket so that it can be exchanged for another night.

Map indicating the location of York House Gardens
Rehearsal Images

Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 July 2009
Evenings at 7.45p.m (no performance on Wednesday 8th)
Matinee Saturday 11th July 3p.m.

Tickets £10, concessions £8 - when booked and PAID FOR by 3rd July.
Bookings from 4th July and late payments £12, concessions £10.

Group rates (6 or more persons) on application to Box Office.

NO refunds will be made. • No performance on Wednesday 8th

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. All My Sons - Arthur Miller
  2. Punk Rock & Bassett - Simon Stephens & James Graham
  3. Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen
  4. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  5. Journey’s End - R C Sherriff
  6. Larkin with Women - Ben Brown
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  8. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  9. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  10. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  11. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  12. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  13. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  14. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  15. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  16. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  17. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  18. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  19. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  20. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  21. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  22. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  23. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  24. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  25. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  26. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  27. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  28. Collaborators - John Hodge
  29. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  30. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  31. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  32. The White Devil - John Webster
  33. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  34. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  35. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  36. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  37. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  38. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  39. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  40. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  41. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  42. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  43. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  44. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  45. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  46. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  47. Othello - William Shakespeare
  48. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  49. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  50. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  51. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  52. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  53. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  54. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  55. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  56. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  57. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  58. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  59. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  60. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  61. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  62. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  63. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  64. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  65. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  66. In the Club - Richard Bean
  67. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  68. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  69. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  70. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  71. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  72. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  73. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  74. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  75. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  76. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  77. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  78. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  79. King John - William Shakespeare
  80. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  81. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  82. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  83. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  84. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  85. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  86. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  87. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  88. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  89. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  90. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  91. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  92. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  93. Iron - Rona Munro
  94. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” Twelfth Night, Act ii, Sc.5