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2014 - 2015

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
directed by Richard Rose
April 22, 2015 – May 31, 2015
Beatrice and Benedict take on Brampton in this Bollywood-inspired adaptation of Shakespeare’s most clever comedy. As re-imagined by Richard Rose with consulting director Ravi Jain, this Much Ado plays as an all-out war of the sexes against the backdrop of a very Canadian clash of cultures. Moving from comedy to tragedy and back again with razor sharp wit, a familiar story takes on new meaning when set in our own backyard. Classical text fuses with Bollywood in this larger-than-life spectacle.
★★★½ out of 4: “Totally compelling and totally convincing. An absolute delight. Go see the play.” (Toronto Star)
★★★★: “Enjoyable from start to finish; Rose has infused just enough new elements into the play while still retaining Shakespeare’s original comedy, making this adaptation highly successful.”
“Colourful; relevant interpretation.” (Globe & Mail)
★★★★★ ‘Delightful; There was still the depth and rich emotions of the original play, but with a broadened appeal that makes it one of Tarragon’s surest winners this season.” (
“If you are fond of Shakespeare, go and see this, but perhaps more — if you are not fond of Shakespeare (or think you’re not) go and see this. This is Shakespeare’s comedies as they were meant to be: bawdy, bumbling, comic, crass, daring and delightful.”
(Mooney on Theatre)
Cast and Crew
Writer – William Shakespeare
Director – Richard Rose
Consulting Director – Ravi Jain
Choreographer – Nova Bhattacharya
Lighting Designer – Phillip Silver
Actors – Ali Momen , Alon Nashman , Anand Rajaram , Anusree Roy , Ellora Patnaik , Gugun Deep Singh , Kawa Ada , Nova Bhattacharya , John Cleland , Salvatore Antonio , Sarena Parmar , David Adams , Tahirih Vejdani
Set and Costume Designer – Michelle Tracey
Composer – Ed Hanley , Suba Sankaran
Surtitles/Cultural Consultant – Sharada Eswar
Assistant Director – Richard Ausar Stewart
Stage Manager – Nicola Benidickson
Apprentice Stage Manager – Robin Munro