Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Imogen de la Bere

8th-17th May 2009
St Nicholas Church, Great Munden

25th/26th June 2009
Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans










The boys are coming home from war, and the bunting is out. It’s 1945 and even in little villages they are dancing in the streets. Welcoming our brave boys back are the local dance band, Georgie Seacole and his Merry Notes, and singing sensation the Bramante Sisters, not to mention the Squire, the Home Guard and the ARP Wardens. Now, as the girls shed their overalls for evening frocks, the boys turn their minds to the arts of peace, and how better than to fall in love! But some people need a little help from their friends…

OVO's ninth Shakespeare production marks our debut at the beautiful St Nicholas Church in Great Munden.

Much Ado About Nothing is part of the 2009 St Albans Festival.

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There’ll always be an England’ sing the cast, to which I can wholeheartedly add, that I hope there will always be an OVO
25th June 2009

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Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon - Will Franklin
Don John, his bastard brother - Richard Cowling
Claudio, a young lord of Florence - Howard Branch
Benedick, a young lord of Padua - Edmund White
Leonato, Governor of Messina - Dewi Williams
Balthasar, friend to Claudio and Benedick - Philip Lawford
Borachio, follower of Don John - Kieran Cummins
Conrade, friend to Borachio and Don John - Matt Corcoran
Friar Francis - Philip Lawford

Dogberry, a Constable - David Widdowson
Verges, a Headborough - Will Saunders
George Seacole - David Smith
Hugh Oatcake - Philip Lawford

Hero, daughter to Leonato - Faith Turner
Beatrice, niece to Leonato - Anna Franklin
Margaret, waiting gentlewoman attending on Hero - Lucy Crick
Ursula, sister to Leonato, aunt to Hero and Beatrice - Margaret Metcalf

Pianist - James Pitchford

Creative Team

Musical Arrangement - Nicholas Hare
Stage Management - Simon Alder, Stuart Goaman
Scenic Design - Tiggi Harding
Costume - Alison Belding, Laura Corcoran
Properties - Rebecca Metcalfe
Media - Lisa White
Graphic Design - Tiggi Harding, Adam Nichols
Production Assistants - Rob Ferguson, Will Saunders, Adam Nichols