‘Much Ado About Nothing’:Shakespeare onstage at WCSU
William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is onstage at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Presented by WCSU’s Department of Theatre Arts, it runs Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. There’s also an evening preview for high school students on Thursday, May 2.
“Written between 1598 and 1599, and formally published in 1600, the comedy pits bachelor Lord Benedick against the governor of Messina’s niece, Beatrice, in a ‘merry war’ amidst romance, gossip and farce,” WCSU said in a news release. “Finding marriage repugnant, the aloof Benedick secretly longs for Beatrice’s affection. While his friends plan to set the two up, the villainous Don John seeks revenge for past ills by ruining the wedding of the governor’s daughter, Hero, and Benedick’s companion, Claudio.”
“In my mind, there has never been a satisfactory conclusion to the story of Hero and Claudio,” said director/sound designer Anthony Cochrane. “In our current cultural moment, I set about putting that right. This story could happen now. How would this play out in our present environment?”
“Much Ado About Nothing” was performed on Broadway in 1959 and 1972. There was also a 1993 film starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, and a 2007 performance starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave at the Old Vic theatre in London, the release said.
The May 2 preview for high school students who are interested in theater arts will be performed at 8 p.m. Tickets can be obtained via the box office at 203-837-8732.
Visual and Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Also Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/much-ado-about-nothing-tickets-53196154129 .