Theatre: Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, Kilkenny Arts Festival, 8-17 August

From the Kilkenny Arts Festival website, where you can get more information and book:

Over the last two years, a production by Shakespeare’s Globe (UK) has become one of the must-see highlights of the festival programme. Performing on a recreated Elizabethan ‘Booth Stage’, the company has brought two acclaimed productions to Kilkenny and transformed the Castle Yard into the finest venue in the country for open-air theatre. This year we’re delighted to welcome them back with a production of one of Shakespeare’s liveliest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing.

Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio, and nothing seems capable of keeping them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice loves him back, but because neither will admit it nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by killing his best friend.

Driven along by a pair of lovers in denial, Much Ado About Nothing is a masterpiece of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, literature’s wittiest bickering couple.

Please note: this is an outdoor performance. Please dress for the weather.


Friday 8 Aug 7.30pm
Saturday 9 Aug 7.30pm
Sunday 10 Aug 7.30pm
Monday 11 Aug 7.30pm
Tuesday 12 Aug 7.30pm
Thursday 14 Aug 7.30pm
Friday 15 Aug 7.30pm
Saturday 16 Aug 7.30pm
Sunday 17 Aug 2pm, 7.30pm


Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design


2 hrs 30 mins including interval


Full €26, Concession €22.50. Family matinee ticket €75 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)


Book Online


You can tweet the festival @kilkennyarts (hashtag #MuchAdo) or visit their Facebook page.



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