Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe

Much Ado About Nothing Tickets

Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Shakespeare’s energetic tale of jealousy, self-discovery and love

Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes is reignited this Summer with a riotous new production of Much Ado About Nothing in the Globe Theatre.

Eight years after the seminal production of Titus Andronicus, ‘ingenious’ ★★★★ (The Guardian), Lucy Bailey has returned to the Globe to direct Shakespeare’s energetic tale of jealousy, self-discovery and love.

Much Ado About Nothing is booking until 23 October 2022 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

What is Much Ado About Nothing about?

In the aftermath of a fierce conflict, soldier Claudio finds himself on the frontline of a different fight: for the love of Hero. His friend Benedick, on the other hand, is willing to do everything he can to evade affection and meets his match in Beatrice.

Creative team

The director is Lucy Bailey, who returns to the Globe after directing the seminal production of Titus Andronicus (2014) as well as Macbeth (2010), Timon of Athens (2008), As You Like It (1998), The Maid’s Tragedy (1997), and Comus for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2016).

Joining her in the creative team is Joanna Parker – Designer; Orlando Gough – Composer; Clemmie Reynolds – Assistant Director and Dramaturg; Georgina Lamb – Choreographer; Caroline Hughes – Costume Supervisor; Renny Krupinski – Fight Director; Tess Dignan – Head of Voice; Christine Schmidle – Text Associate

Who is in the cast of Much Ado About Nothing?

The cast features Ralph Davis (Father Brown, Life After Life, Anatomy of a Scandal) as Benedick; Lucy Phelps (Silent Witness, Call the Midwife) as Beatrice; Patrick Osborne (The Borgias, My Parents are Aliens) as Claudio; Joanne Howarth (It’s a Sin, Wallander) as Antonia and Verges; Katy Stephens (The Memory of Water – Nottingham Playhouse) as Leonata; Olivier Huband (Becoming Elizabeth, A Discovery of Witches, I Hate Suzie, Mission Impossible: Fallout) as Don John; Nadi Kemp-Sayfi (101 Dalmatians, The Witches’ Promise – Birmingham Rep) as Hero; Ferdy Roberts (Foyles War, Mr High, Mr Nice) as Don Pedro; Peter Bourke (On the Razzle – National Theatre) as Conrade and Friar; Rachel Hannah Clarke (You Remember? – Royal Court) as Margaret and Watchman; George Fouracres (Daphne; Daphne’s Second Show; Daphne Do Edinburgh – Edinburgh Festival) as Dogberry; and Ciarán O’Brien (Misfits, Ripper Street, The Tudors, Hunted) as Boracio and Messenger.


Reviews of Much Ado About Nothing

★★★★ "It’s very funny" - The Times
★★★★ "Absurdly funny… smart, stylish. Delightful" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "A welcome return to innovation and inspiration at the Globe" - The Telegraph
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
All ages
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
Booking to 23 October 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Venue Information

Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, South Bank, SE1 9DT
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Jubilee line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 45, 63, 100, 15, 17, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76, 381 , RV1, 344
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