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Much Ado About Nothing


William Shakespeare

Directed by Victor Hassan

21st June - 29th June 1991

Open-Air Shakespeare set to the backdrop of Gawsworth Hall.

Two stories entwined. Claudio loves Hero. He is villianously misled into believing her to be a wanton. In church, at their wedding, he denounces her; she faints, is thought dead, but recovers to be proved innocent by a chance discovery made by the local watch. The other story is of Hero's cousin, Beatrice, who thinks herself a confiirmed spinster, and Benedick, who proclaims himself an eternal bachelor. They are tricked into admitting their love for each other.

The Household
Leonato,Governor of Messina Jeff Lomax
Antonio, his brother Eric Waller
Balthasar, a musician Jeremy Stobart
Friar Francis John Foreman
Boy Meurig Palin
Hero, Leonato's daughter Jane Mayhead
Margaret, attendant on Hero Helen Humphreys
Ursula, attendant on Hero Celia Bonner
Beatrice, an orphan, Leonato's neice Diana Boswell
Ladies and Attendants
Helen Ball, Nicholas Blackburn, Jilly Burrows, Doreen Donnan, Kera Donnan, Ben Furnival, Alex Howarth, Christina Howarth, Richard Hughes, Adele McCormack, Elaine Ross, Caroline Schofield, Hilary Smith, Liz Stokes, Alison Sturt, Barbara Wood
The Visitors
Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon Gordon Bennett
Benedick of Padua, companion of Don Pedro Fred Donnan
Claudio of Florence, companion of Don Pedro Patrick Barrett
Don John, Don Pedro's bastard brother Steve Williamson
Borachio, follower of Don John Charlie Cook
Conrade, follower of Don John Mark Bennett
Messenger Alan Offer
The Town
Dogberry Mike Rogerson
Verges Eric Smith
Sexton Leslie Sayers
The Watch
Geoffrey Martin, Ken Wallace, David Morris, Richard Bateson
Stage Manager Jayne Willmott
Prompt Adele Taylor
Susie Casson, Sue Furnival, David Furnival, Sue Mooney, Zaida Mcatee, Pat Richardson
Lighting Val Watkinson
Sound Robin Watkinson
Wardrobe Mistress Claire McGlashan
Wardrobe Assistants Pat Barrow
Jacque Bilsborough
Choreography and Dance Training by Jilly Burrows
Costumes designed by Charles Alty of Oldham
House Manager Olive Bradbury