Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's Globe (UK)

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.

Saturday 16 August is now SOLD OUT!

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

Concession tickets will be checked on the door, please have ID ready. Family matinee tickets are for 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children.

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The Globe is now the leading place to celebrate our greatest playwright’

- The Guardian, January 2013

No one could accuse Shakespeare’s Globe of lacking nerve

- The Guardian, May 2012

Shakespeare’s Globe under Dominic Dromgoole is not a place for the faint-hearted.

- The Herald, September 2011

A spirit of pantomime, scampish fun and arch humour is imprinted in the Globe’s DNA.

- The Guardian, August 2011

Laugh-out-loud comedy, gorgeous harmonies and talented musicians ... this production of Much Ado About Nothing has all those and more

- The Public Reviews, June 2014