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Much Ado About Nothing


William Shakespeare

Directed by Mike Rogerson

Wed, 25th June - Sun, 29th June 2008

The action take place in Leonato's house and environs. The play's setting is Messina, but the many detailed references to the garden and the domestic life of an Elizabethan household point inescapably to an English Manor House, like Gawsworth.

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 Steve Williamson
Antonio, his brother Charlie Cook
Friar Francis Paul Lewis
Boy David Hodgson
Hero, Leonato's daughter Lottie Tyler
Margaret, attendant on Hero Rachel Leslie
Ursula, attendant on Hero Jane Newman
Beatrice, an orphan, Leonato's neice Tracy Burns
Ladies of Leonato's Court
Helen Bingle, Shan Bristow, Daphne Martyn, Jill Ollerenshaw
The Army
Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon Mark Jephcott
Signor Benedick of Padua, companion of Don Pedro Martin Pritchard
Count Claudio of Florence, companion of Don Pedro Alex Bingle
Don John, Don Pedro's bastard brother Brian Stoner
Borachio, follower of Don John Ed Livesey
Conrade, follower of Don John Mike Palmer
Lord Roger Livesey
Messenger Paul Lewis
The Town
Dogberry, a master constable Hamish Lawson
Verges, a headborough Geoffrey Martin
Seacoal / Sexton Roger Livesey
The Watch
James Avery, Simon Caporn, David Hodgson
Historical Note: Due to an unexpected illness, during the run the part of Margaret was also played by Val Watkinson and Celia Bonner.
Stage Manager / Assistant Director Jan Atkinson
ASM (Book) Christina Theobald
ASMs Celia Bonner
Liz Cook
Vi Pope
Mary Pritchard
Ruth Summerly-Barron
Properties Helen Bingle
Daphne Martyn
Lights and Sound The Gawsworth Crew
Costumes Sonia Dykstra
Wardrobe Assistants Pat Barrow
Linda Batson
Margaret Edmunds
Carole Holmes
Choreography Alex Howarth
Masks created by Jacque Bilsborough
Music Chris McClory
Mike Rogerson
Charlie Cook
Set Construction Dave Atkinson
Rehearsal Photography Chris Hills
Thanks to Bramhall Lane Lawn Tennis Club for the loan of the Umpire's Chair
Thanks to Ned Yates Garden Centre, Wilmslow, for providing and delivering the mature trees for the lawn