Bard on the Beach opens 28th season with Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing launches the 28th season of Bard on the Beach in Vanier Park, but it may not be the version you remember.

Set in 1950s Italy, this family-friendly production of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays simply bubbles over with humour, glamour and romantic tension. Directed by John Murphy, the high-spirited and stylish show runs from June 1 to September 23 on the BMO Mainstage. Opening Night is June 15.

A group of actors and filmmakers in 1959 Italy celebrate the wrap of their latest movie. Leonato (Andrew Wheeler), the head of the film studio, hears that Don Pedro (Ian Butcher), the director, is on his way. Leonato’s niece Beatrice (Amber Lewis) wants the actor Benedick (Kevin Macdonald) to come as well – but both are known for their battle of wits. As everyone is invited to Leonato’s villa for a vacation there are confessions of love, marriage plans, and people conspiring to ruin it all. Can love really conquer all?

The heart of Much Ado About Nothing ‘s enduring appeal is the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick, one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing and attractive couples. The play was last staged at Bard in 2010; it featured Jennifer Lines and John Murphy as the two lovers. You can pick up tickets here.