The Best of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Much Ado About Nothing

This summer, Australia’s favourite outdoor theatre company is back with its romantic, hilariously funny and magical adaptation of the Shakespearian classic Much Ado About Nothing.

Open-air theatre at its best, The Australian Shakespeare Company’s: Much Ado About Nothing is now playing through to February 4, 2023 at the gorgeous Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens.

The play will capture the hearts and minds of those who attend, leaving them humming its original tunes for days to follow as audiences are transported to what feels like a 90’s pop/rock with country vibes concert set in Messina.

As the sun sets, pop the cork, sit back and enjoy as The Babes of Disdain perform their hit single, ‘Fair Eyes’, before they are upstaged by the return of Benedick and the Love Gods, back from a world concert tour. From here, Shakespeare’s battle-of-the-sexes romcom takes flight in a version unlike any you’ve seen before! This highly creative interpretation demonstrates just how versatile Shakespeare’s texts can be as well as how relevant the stories and themes are still to this day.

Director Glenn Elston says, “There’s nothing quite like Shakespeare infused with hints of pop music, rock imagery, pantomime and sitcom. All tightly linked and true to a clear and well executed delivery of a terrific text. Our adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is for everyone, not just Shakespeare lovers! Our exceptionally talented cast will have audiences bopping along and grinning ear to ear every night of summer.” Audiences are encouraged to take advantage of the on-site catering or pack their best picnic. “Bring the whole family and your best friends – this production is great fun for everyone! The unexpected edge on this romcom makes this unique production a must see this summer,” continued Elston.

The cast of actors do a fantastic job in bringing this text to life. The energy of the performers and sharp comic timing are both stand-outs.

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By Michael Kent

Photography: Ben Fon