A stylised image of a sailor and a woman in a red top by a beach


Wed 23 - Sat 26 January 2019
Tickets £18 - £30*

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Sparks fly in the Sicilian sunshine, but romance won’t win easily in this feisty comedy.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Much Ado About Nothing marries witticism with sharp edge, introducing us to two of Shakespeare’s most loquacious lovers: Benedick and Beatrice. A vivid and compelling tale, this romantic comedy explores the nature of love, and asks whether romance alone can truly overcome the obstacles of family, society, honour and deception.

Cambridge University’s Marlowe Society, one of the university’s most acclaimed dramatic societies, returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre after its string of successful productions in recent years including Romeo and Juliet and Edward II. The Marlowe Society has launched the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Derek Jacobi, and continues its tradition of showcasing the best theatrical talent at the university.  
Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Richard Beecham, whose credits include productions across Britain and on tour, and productions at The Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath and the Watford Palace. 

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval

Age Guidance



Wednesday - Saturday, 7.45pm
and Saturday, 2.30pm: £18/£25/£30*
Thursday, 2.30pm: £18/£25*

Students: £18*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee

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Kim Alexander
Kim Alexander (Antonia/Sexton)
Leo Benedict
Leo Benedict (Don Pedro)
Kay Benson
Kay Benson (Oatcake/Innogen)
Eleanor Booton
Eleanor Booton (Dogberry)
Benedict Clarke
Benedict Clarke (Don John)
Ellie Cole
Ellie Cole (Ursula/Seacoal/Friar)
Meg Coslett
Meg Coslett (Margaret)
Amaya Holman
Amaya Holman (Verges)
Jonathan Iceton
Jonathan Iceton (Borachio)
Jessica Murdoch
Jessica Murdoch (Hero)
Harry Redding
Harry Redding (Benedick)
Jamie Sayers
Jamie Sayers (Claudio)
Shimali de Silva
Shimali de Silva (Leonata)
George Solomou
George Solomou (Conrad/Messenger)
Georgia Vyvyan
Georgia Vyvyan (Beatrice)


  • The cast ensemble dance in purple lighting with a glitterball
  • A woman in red looks in annoyance at a man in uniform - a woman watches from afar
  • A man is dressing, and doing up his tie
  • A man climbs a ladder to pick an apple
  • 2 men and a woman clap their hands, applauding someone off camera