Much Ado About Nothing

Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings.

Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love and loathing of each other.

However Claudio is quickly seduced by envy and this idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all?

Directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans (Julius Caesar) and starring Zindzi Okenyo (Antony and Cleopatra, MTC’s An Ideal Husband) as Beatrice, this Much Ado About Nothing will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed in a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

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Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Bell Shakespeare

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

John Bell Scholarship

Students from regional schools across Australia are eligible to audition for the John Bell Scholarship. A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, three students will be selected to spend one incredible week training with Bell Shakespeare.

Auditions take the form of 15-minute masterclasses with a Bell Shakespeare artist, workshopping text and receiving feedback on performance.

Three students will receive one week of training and ongoing mentorship from Bell Shakespeare. They will undertake acting masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare artists, observe rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for John Bell, Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.


Register here

Please bring a completed version of the below Audition Form to your audition.

Audition Form

Please click the button below to view the Monologue List.

Monologue List

This show is part of our Multi-Buy Package


Eats & Drinks before the show?

We highly recommend booking at our Café and our foyer bar is open 60 mins prior to performances.

Looking to make a school booking?

Visit our How Do I Book? page for all information on how to book your school group visit to HOTA.

Additional Opportunity – Free Secondary Student (Grade 8-12) Workshop

Do you have a class booked in to see Much Ado About Nothing? If so, there’s a fantastic opportunity for students to participate in a free workshop at school with Bell Shakespeare teaching artists.

Designed to prepare students for the production, this practical, 75-minute workshop guides students through the plot, key characters, themes, scene work, design, and insights into the production itself.

Numbers are limited to 40 students and will be held on the 9 Aug 2019.

Interested? Email: to find out more.

School bookings welcome (via the button above) – suitable for Grades 8-12

Please note new T&C’s on the Performance Booking Form for Schools.

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