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Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
June 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - June 26, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
For our SECOND weekeind of MUCH ADO, we will be performing in Cumberland at the amphitheatre at Constiution Park!
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most imaginative and exuberant comedies, contrasting two pairs of lovers in a witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes. Love is in the air when Don Pedro’s army, drunk with victory from the war, descends upon Leonato’s country estate in Messina. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero. Meanwhile, Benedick and Leonato’s lively niece Beatrice hide their mutual attraction behind a volley of witty insults.
The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage. In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. But their world is shattered when the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade and Borachio, plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins. Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. A linguistically challenged guard and his sidekicks uncover the plot, casting a beam of hopefulness in this tempestuous landscape of love.
Performed outdoors against a backdrop of the roaring 20’s, this memorable evening of Shakespeare in the Park should not be missed!
The show will be performed in two locations:
June 17th, 18th, & 19th at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville, MD
June 24th, 25th, & 26th at Constitution Park Amphitheatre in Cumberland, MD
All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
The show is performed outdoors with lawn seating. Chairs are not provided, so please feel free to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Also, evenings get a little chilly, so you may want to bring a light jacket or sweater.