Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Allison Narver

Center Theatre at Seattle Center

April 26, 2022


May 22, 2022

Romantic Romp. For Hero and Claudio, love is as fresh as springtime dew and nothing can tear them apart. To Beatrice and Benedick, love is a jaded game of wits, and nothing could ever bring them together. But fate has different plans for these contrasting couples. Friends, enemies, and chance conspire to dupe Beatrice and Benedick into declaring their love for one another, while the deceitful Don John tricks Claudio into believing that Hero has been unfaithful. It’ll take a disrupted wedding, a faked death, and the utter ineptitude of the local constable to set romance on the right course.

Comedy and Chicanery. Much Ado About Nothing mixes comedy with suspense and gives us two of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers, the bantering Beatrice and Benedick. It’s a sparkling screwball comedy that wears its heart on its sleeve and will have you cheering when all the couples learn realities about life, love—and themselves.

The Laughs Keep Coming. Allison Narver, who staged our deliriously daffy The Government Inspector, returns to put her zany spin on Shakespeare’s quintessential romantic comedy.

View-On-Demand Video Option

Seattle Shakespeare Company is happy to offer a view-on-demand video option from a preview performance of this production. The video option is now available for purchase but video will not be available for viewing until May 13, 2022. Videos can be viewed for 48 hours from the first viewed date.


Allison Narver (Director), Matthew Smucker (Scenic Designer), Natalie Shih (Costume Designer), Andrew D. Smith (Lighting Designer), Justin Johnson (Sound Designer), Robin Macartney (Props Designer), Jose “Juicy” Gonzales (Composer), Crystal Dawn Munkers (Choreographer), Ian Bond (Intimacy and Fight Director), Ben Radin (Technical Director), Rachel Miller (Stage Manager), Gavin Yehle (Assistant Stage Manager), Maycee McQuin (Covid Safety Officer).


Sharon Barto Gouran (Margaret/Watch), Meme García (Claudio), Tim Gouran (Borachio/Friar Frances), Sarah Harlett (Dogberry/Messenger), Jonelle Jordan (Beatrice), M.L.  Roberts (Benedick), Brandon J. Simmons (Don Pedro/Watch), Joellen Sweeney (Hero), Nathaniel B. Tenenbaum (Verges/Antonio/Balthasar), Vahishta Vafadari (Ursula/Conrade), Lindsay Welliver (Don John), R. Hamilton Wright (Leonato).

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