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Borachio
Antonio
Balthazer
Margaret
Ursula
Dogberry
Verges
First Watchman
Secon Watchman
Friar Francis
Sexton
Leonato
Messenger
Beatrice
Hero
Don Pedro
Benedick
Claudio
Don John
Conrade
Soldiers and Servants













Credits

Playwright
Staged by

Scenery and Costumes by
Production supervised by
Lightning by
Dances Arranged by
Music by
Name

Jack Bittner
Morris Carnovsky
Russel Oberlin
Sada Thompson
Jacqueline Brookes
Larry Gates
Donald Harron
Richard Lupino
William Cottrell
Kendal Clark
John Frid
John Colicos
Donald Harron
Katharine Hepburn
Lois Nettleton
Stanley Bell
Alfred Drake
Richard Easton
Richard Waring
Mitchell Argus
Michael Borden,
Benita Deutsch,
Michael Kasdan,
Michael Miller,
David Milton,
Joe Myers,
Dino Narizzano,
Ira Rubin,
Judith Steffan,
Peter Trytler,
Jack Waltzer,
William Woodman


Name

William Shakespeare
John Houseman and
Jack Landau
Rouben Ter-Arutunian
Jean Rosenthal
Tharon Musser
John Butler
Virgil Thomson


Tour dates

The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre - Stratford - Connecticut
Premiere: August 3, 1957
Performances: unknown


Sam S.Schubert Theatre - Washington D.C.
Premiere: February 10-17, 1958


Plot Summary

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a lover's trap for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be much ado about nothing.


Critics' reviews

Brooks Atkinson - The New York Times
"Miss Hepburn is an extraordinary star, an actress who commands our audience with glamour and personal magnetism. She is beautiful, debonair, piquant, with a modern personality. Her lovely-looking and humourous-minded Beatrice is one of her best characterizations, and the Benedick who has been snared into loving this sharp-tongued hoyden is one of Mr. Drake's finest jobs."


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