Directed by John Murphy • June 1 – September 23 • BMO Mainstage

It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.

Please note: Much Ado About Nothing contains non-toxic water-based fog and smoke effects.
Much Ado About Nothing is approximately 2hrs 45mins including intermission.

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Photo Credit: Kevin MacDonald as Benedick and Amber Lewis as Beatrice
Photo & Image Design: David Cooper and Emily Cooper

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Videos & Photos

2017 Much Ado About Nothing Trailer | June 1 – Sept 23

Link to YouTube video "2017 Much Ado About Nothing Trailer | June 1 - Sept 23"
Link to YouTube video "Choreo with the Company of Much Ado About Nothing | Behind the Scenes"

Critics & Patrons Say

It’s all very handsome, hugely entertaining and a great start to the 2017 Bard on the Beach season.

Jo Ledingham, Westender

Murphy’s re-imagined rendition is nearly perfect.

Cora Li, Vancouverscape

Loved last night’s sharp, stylish & witty @bardonthebeach #MuchAdo. Beatrice was superb!

John Lee

The Story

It’s 1959 in Messina, Italy. On a busy soundstage, Leonato, the head of a film studio, gets word that Don Pedro, the great film director, is on his way. Beatrice, Leonato’s niece and a celebrated actress, inquires if Benedick, the famous actor, is also coming. The two stars are notorious for their ongoing battle of wits.

Don Pedro arrives with Benedick and Claudio, an up-and-coming actor. Beatrice and Benedick, both cynics about love, reignite their war of words. Leonato invites everyone to vacation at his villa, including Don Pedro’s sister, Dona Johnna, a journalist and wannabe filmmaker.

Claudio confesses to Benedick and Don Pedro that he’s in love with Hero, a rising star and Leonato’s daughter. The director offers to help woo her on Claudio’s behalf. That evening at a masquerade party, Don Pedro and Hero have a flirtatious conversation and then talk in private. After a brief misunderstanding that Don Pedro has been wooing Hero for himself, the guests discover he has won Hero’s love for Claudio. Leonato consents to their marriage and a wedding date is set.

Don Pedro believes that Benedict and Beatrice are perfect for each other and conspires to bring them together. He arranges for Benedick to overhear a conversation he has with Leonato and Claudio, in which they invent a story about Beatrice being madly in love with Benedick. Convinced it’s true, Benedick vows to return Beatrice’s affections.

Don Pedro then enlists the help of Hero and Ursula, a production assistant, to pull a similar trick on Beatrice. The two women find a spot where Beatrice can overhear them and gossip about Benedick’s huge crush on her. Beatrice believes them, and promises to love Benedick in return.

Meanwhile, Donna Johnna hatches a plan with Borachio, one of the paparazzi, to destroy Claudio and Hero’s happiness. The night before the couple’s wedding, Borachio persuades Hero’s friend, Margaret, to wear Hero’s clothes and meet him on Hero’s balcony, where he kisses her. Don Pedro and Claudio witness their embrace. Claudio believes Hero has betrayed him and resolves to disgrace her at the altar.

Later that night, Borachio gets drunk and boasts about how he’s tricked Claudio. The film studio’s night watchmen overhear his story and arrest him.

As their wedding ceremony begins, Claudio accuses Hero of being unfaithful and Don Pedro backs him up. Hero faints. After the men storm off, Leonato renounces his daughter. The Friar, who believes Hero is innocent, suggests they pretend she’s died from shock so they will have more time to unearth the truth.

Once alone, Beatrice and Benedick finally profess their love for each other. To prove his devotion, Benedick offers to do anything she asks. Beatrice demands he kill Claudio to avenge Hero’s disgrace.

Friendships are tested, secrets are revealed, but will love conquer all?

Cast & Creative Team

David M. AdamsAntonio | Seacoal

David M. Adams

Antonio | Seacoal

David last appeared with Bard in 1994, and is very happy to return! Recent favourite roles: Prospero, The Tempest and Shylock, The Merchant of Venice (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Theatre); The Editor, Tear the Curtain (Stanley Theatre/Can Stage); Leonato, Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre); Birbal, Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre); Bryan, Elbow Room Café: The Musical (The Cultch); and Abraam/Playwright, Valley Song (Pacific Theatre).

Lois AndersonUrsula | Sexton (June 1 - August 6)

Lois Anderson

Ursula | Sexton (June 1 - August 6)

Bard roles include Viola, Twelfth Night; Kate, The Taming of the Shrew; Helena, All’s Well that Ends Well; Rosalind, As You Like It; and Mistress Overdone, Measure For Measure. She is a UBC graduate and has directed for Bard (Pericles), Arts Club Theatre, Rough House Productions, Leaky Heaven, SFU and UBC. She was a co-creator of Cirque Poule and Flying Blind. Lois has received seven Jessie Awards, a Betty Mitchell Award, and the Sydney Risk Emerging Director Award.

Ian ButcherDon Pedro

Ian Butcher

Don Pedro

A graduate of Studio 58, Ian has worked extensively throughout Europe and Canada. This year will be his ninth Bard season. Select Bard roles: Oberon, Macduff, and Angelo. Other selected theatre: Dracula (Chemainus); The Sound of Music (Gateway); Robin Hood (Carousel); and Coriolanus (Coriolanus Co-Op). Film/TV: Supergirl, Impastor, Motive, Arctic Air, Robocop, Almost Human, Once Upon A Time, The Killing Game, Supernatural, Stargate Universe, and Stargate SG-1. Thanks to the family and Kay.

Chris CochraneVerges | Friar | Messenger | Gravekeeper

Chris Cochrane

Verges | Friar | Messenger | Gravekeeper

Theatre: Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Waiting Room, and She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club); The Competition is Fierce (ITSAZOO), Urinetown (Firehall), Little Brother, Little Sister (Caravan Farm), Measure for Measure and Elizabeth Rex (Bard). Film/TV: My Better Half, A Bride For Christmas and Time after Time (Hallmark); The Haunting Hour (The Hub); Supernatural (CW); Fringe (WB/FOX). Chris has been nominated for two Jessie Awards. He is a graduate of The Stella Adler Studio (NYC) and Studio 58.

Austin EckertHugh Oatcake | Page

Austin Eckert

Hugh Oatcake | Page

Austin is thrilled to be making his Bard debut with this wicked group. Recent credits include Mamma Mia! (WCT); Miss Understood (the frank); HAIR (Mayfield); and Spring Awakening (Belfry/CCPA). Film/TV credits: Supernatural, Untold Stories of the E.R., Generation Y (Short), The Magicians and The Flash. Austin is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Ben ElliottBorachio | Musician

Ben Elliott

Borachio | Musician

Ben returns for his seventh season at Bard on the Beach. Favourite Bard credits: Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; the Bear, Elizabeth Rex and the composer for Cymbeline. Ben is a multi- Jessie Award nominee and won for his Musical Direction for The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ben is a recipient of the Edmund Kean Sword Award and this year named Bard’s Music Advisor. Ben is a graduate of Studio 58.

Julien GalipeauClaudio

Julien Galipeau

Claudio

After playing Young Lucious in the 2008 Bard production of Titus Andronicus, Julien finished high school and went on to further his acting training at Studio 58, graduating this year. Previous credits include Billy Lawlor, 42nd Street and Prior Walter, Angels in America (Studio 58); and Claude, Hair (Renegade Productions). Julien thanks his family and instructors for all their guidance and support, as well as his grad class. He wouldn’t have made it here without them.

Amber LewisBeatrice

Amber Lewis

Beatrice

Amber returns for her sixth season at Bard. Highlights include Mistress Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor; Constance, King John; Katherine, Henry V and Lady Percy, Falstaff. Selected stage: Baskerville and Don’t Dress for Dinner (Mayfield); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre); Gideon’s Knot (SkirtsaFire); The End of Civilization and Adult Entertainment (Punctuate! Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest and The Philanderer (Arts Club); and Saint Joan (Chemainus). Amber was born and raised in Barbados and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

Jennifer LinesUrsula | Sexton (August 8 - September 23)

Jennifer Lines

Ursula | Sexton (August 8 - September 23)

This is Jennifer’s sixteenth season with Bard. Favourite past credits: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus. Other select credits: It’s a Wonderful Life, High Society, The Real Thing (Arts Club); Anatol, A Little Night Music, Hello Dolly (Playhouse); King Lear, The Great Gatsby, Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary), Après Moi (Ruby Slippers). The two-time Jessie Award–winner received her BFA in Acting from UVIC. Upcoming: Jill Daum’s new play Forget about Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club).

Kevin MacDonaldBenedick

Kevin MacDonald

Benedick

Kevin recently returned to Vancouver after eight years in Toronto. Some recent credits include Ladvenu, Saint Joan (Arts Club); Prince Myshkin, The Idiot (Neworld/PuSh); Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew; Banquo, MacBeth; and Denis, The Flood Thereafter (CanStage in Toronto). Kevin was a member of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and the inaugural Soulpepper Academy. He has performed at theatres across the country and is a graduate of Studio 58. www.kevinmacdonald.ca

Sereana MalaniConrade

Sereana Malani

Conrade

Born in the Fiji Islands, Sereana now calls Vancouver home. This is her fifth season at Bard. Bard credits: Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Othello and Pericles. Other theatre: You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Good People (Arts Club); Valley Song (Gateway); Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel); Whisper (Catalyst); Ride (Northern Light); and The Ghost Sonata (Studio Theatre). She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta.

Ashley O'ConnellDogberry

Ashley O'Connell

Dogberry

Ashley is from Dublin, Ireland and has a BFA from UBC. Credits include Flare Path (Slamming Door); The Romans in Britain and The Country Wife (ETC); Spamalot, Blood Brothers and The Graduate (Arts Club); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey); A Few Good Men (Citadel); Of Mice And Men (Blue Bridge); The Full Monty (Persephone); Richard II and All’s Well That Ends Well (Bard). Film/TV credits: Watchmen, Zoo, Dirk Gently, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural. Love to Mai.

Laara SadiqDona Johnna

Laara Sadiq

Dona Johnna

Laara is delighted to join Bard this season. Recently: Brothel #9 and Eternal Hydra (Touchstone); Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre); Cake and Dirt (Tarragon); The Penelopiad (Arts Club); Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); and No Exit (ACT). Guest starring roles: Arrow, The Arrangement, Eyewitness, The Strain, Rogue, Remedy, Killjoys, Hemlock Grove, and Heartland. Laara also works extensively in voice-over. Recipient of Jessie and Leo Awards. Proud mama to her daughter Lotus. www.laarasadiq.com

Parmiss SehatHero

Parmiss Sehat

Hero

Parmiss graduated from UBC’s BFA Acting program in the spring of 2016. She is thrilled and incredibly grateful to be making her Bard debut with such an exciting season! Theatre credits include Sultans of the Street (Carousel Theatre); Love, Lust & Lace (Fringe); and The Arabian Nights (UBC Theatre). Film/TV: Hammer of the Gods, Love, Approximately, and Untold Stories of the E.R.

Andrew WheelerLeonato

Andrew Wheeler

Leonato

Andrew is delighted to return to Bard for his tenth season. Favourite roles include Mark Antony, Malvolio, Macbeth and Benedick. Other recent credits include Footloose and Les Misérables (Chemainus); A Good Way Out and The Rainmaker (Pacific), The Day Before Christmas and Onegin (Arts Club), and Ebenezer (Jericho). Recent TV episodes include iZombie, Gracepoint, and The Killing. Look for Andrew on tour with Onegin beginning this fall, and coming to a town near you.

Kaitlin WilliamsMargaret

Kaitlin Williams

Margaret

Kaitlin is a local theatre artist and is making her Bard debut this season. Recent credits include Pride and Prejudice, The Foreigner (Arts Club); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, It’s a Wonderful Life (Pacific Theatre); Corleone (Classic Chic); and A Lovely Sunday (Chemainus). She is a graduate of UVic’s BFA Acting program. Up next, she is directing Almost, Maine at Pacific Theatre. Love and gratitude to Mom and Dad (especially for taking her to Bard when when she was young). www.kaitlinwilliams.com

John MurphyDirector

John Murphy

Director

This is John’s eighth season at Bard. Directing: Measure for Measure (Bard); Twisted Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple, The Santaland Diaries, and Baskerville (Arts Club); True Story, Harry’s Christmas, and Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll (revolution theatre); Volpone and Duet for One (United Players); Ghosts in Baghdad (Working Spark); I can’t remember... (Tara Cheyenne); and Woody Sed (Theatre Bagger). Acting: Much Ado, Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, and King Lear (Bard). Playwriting: The Heretic (Talonbooks) and True Story (Jessie Award). John plays in the band China Repair. www.chinarepair.bandcamp.com/releases

Christine ReimerCostume Designer

Christine Reimer

Costume Designer

Previous costume designs for Bard: Shakespeare’s Rebel, The Tempest and Titus Andronicus. Recent design credits: The Audience, Pride and Prejudice (Arts Club Theatre), The Invisible Hand (Pi Theatre), and King Arthur’s Night (Neworld). Christine is a Betty Mitchell and Jessie Award–winner for Outstanding Costume Design. Her costume illustrations have appeared in several publications and exhibitions, including the most recent exhibition, Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990–2015 (Moscow, Bejing, USA). www.christinereimerdesign.com

Pam JohnsonScenery Designer

Pam Johnson

Scenery Designer

Pam started with Bard in 1998 and was instrumental in designing the Bard Village and entranceway. Bard credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, Richard II, Titus, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and Richard III. Pam has received several Jessie Awards, as well as a Career Achievement Award.

Gerald KingLighting Designer

Gerald King

Lighting Designer

Lighting designer at Bard for sixteen seasons, Gerald’s recent credits include The Cure For Death By Lightning, The 39 Steps, and Les Miserables (Western Canada Theatre); King Lear, Liberation Days, and Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary); Otello, Dead Man Walking, Evita, Die Fledermaus, and Tosca (Vancouver Opera); Madama Butterfly (Opera Omaha); Million Dollar Quartet, Educating Rita, Spamalot, and Xanadu (Arts Club); The Book of Love, Life, and A Simple Way (Kokoro Dance); and Faerie Queen (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).

Murray PriceComposer/Sound Designer

Murray Price

Composer/Sound Designer

Murray is a producer and composer with KOKO Productions. Favourite stage work includes The Men in White, The Flick, Good People, One Man, Two Guvnors, Boeing-Boeing, and The 39 Steps (Arts Club); King John, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s Rebel, and The Comedy of Errors (Bard). He has received several IBA and Clio awards for TV and radio, as well as Jessie Award nominations including Outstanding Artistic Achievement. He enjoys talking to himself in third person.

Corwin FergusonProjection Designer

Corwin Ferguson

Projection Designer

Corwin works across Canada primarily as a video and projection designer and holds multiple award nominations for his designs. He has studied animation, is a co-founder/ Artistic Associate of Awkward Stage Productions, a storyteller with Forbidden Vancouver Historic Walking Tours and an urban game designer/operator with Vancouver Mysteries. Corwin is a Studio 58 acting graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University. For all things Corwin visit www.corwinferguson.com.

Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach

Alison Matthews

Head Voice & Text Coach

Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She teaches at the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and adjudicates competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. A professional actor for over 20 years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. Alison holds a MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com

Tara Cheyenne FriedenbergChoreographer

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Choreographer

Award-winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, and writer. Renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level.” With a string of celebrated shows to her credit (bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, Highgate, How to Be) multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary bending ensemble creations, Tara’s work is renowned nationally and internationally. Tara lives in East Vancouver with her husband, composer Marc Stewart, and their son Jasper.

Josh ReynoldsFight Director

Josh Reynolds

Fight Director

Josh, a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program, is an actor, fight director, writer and artist. He has worked for theatre companies: Bard, Carousel, Chemainus, Green Thumb, Rumble, and most recently, Classic Chic Productions. Josh wrote and produced the two- time Jessie Award–nominated play From Parts Unknown…, and has been nominated for two Jessie Awards and a Dora Award for performance and fight direction. Josh also creates multi- disciplinary art under the pseudonym HLFÅS for his website Heelfacade.com.

Stephen CourtenayProduction Stage Manager

Stephen Courtenay

Production Stage Manager

As he approaches 25 years and 50 productions with Bard, Stephen looks forward to assisting the two BMO Mainstage directors, as they integrate their quite different worlds amid the ethereal setting in Vanier Park. Stephen’s previous work includes projects with the Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Studio58/Green Thumb, Touchstone Theatre, the Electric Company and Vancouver Opera, amongst others. Future SM work includes a remount of Leslie Mildiner’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air.

Rebecca MulvihillAssistant Stage Manager

Rebecca Mulvihill

Assistant Stage Manager

Rebecca’s previous Bard credits include Henry VI, Richard III, King John, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Rebecca has worked as a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for many local companies including the Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Alley Theatre, Working Spark, Théâtre la Seizième, and Boca del Lupo. Rebecca has also worked as the Artist Logistics Assistant for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria.

Tanya SchwaerzleApprentice Stage Manager

Tanya Schwaerzle

Apprentice Stage Manager

Tanya is thrilled to be making her Bard debut this season! She is a graduate of the BFA Technical Theatre Stage Management program at the University of Alberta. Selected Apprentice Stage Manaxger credits: Bittergirl, A Christmas Story, Blue Box, and Bullet Catch (Arts Club); How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone Theatre); and Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar (Firehall/Escape Artists). Tanya thanks Captain, Gordie, Adam, and the rest of her family and friends for their support.

Nicole AnthonyDirecting Apprentice

Nicole Anthony

Directing Apprentice

Nicole has directed a variety of stage and musical theatre productions including I Hate Hamlet, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beyond Therapy and Apophis, an original Canadian play which debuted at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival. For five years she has also taught scene study, voice and movement, and acting on camera. This is Nicole’s first year with the renowned Bard on the Beach and she is excited to contribute to an engaging and delightful season.

Toby BernerDirecting Apprentice

Toby Berner

Directing Apprentice

Toby is extremely grateful to Bard for this opportunity. Recently Toby directed his first ever play, The Amazing Trevor by Courtenay J. Stevens at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. As an actor, Toby has appeared in many plays around Canada including the hit one-man show The Santaland Diaries and the Canadian premiere of The Dishwashers by Morris Panych, both at the Arts Club Theatre. Toby is a graduate of Studio 58.

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