Stratford Shakespeare Festival's 1987 production of Much Ado About Nothing features memorable perfomances from Tandy Cronyn as Beatrice and Richard Monette as Benedick.
One of Shakespeare’s later comedies, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of two very different sets of lovers: Beatrice and Benedick, and Claudio and Hero. Love, they say, is blind, and so it seems as misleading appearances, mistaken identities and deceptions both playful and perverse unfold. As Beatrice and Benedick wage a merry war of witty insults, the villainous Don John plots to destroy Hero’s and Claudio’s happiness. But the Don is thwarted by the redoubtable Dogberry, and though men were deceivers, true love eventually prevails, even it seems, over death itself.
Cast: Tandy Cronyn - Beatrice Richard Monette - Benedick Hero - Anna Louise Richardson Claudio - Keith Thomas William Hutt - Leonato Edward Atienza - Don Pedro Brent Carver - Don John
Directed By - Peter Moss Music By - Louis Applebaum Choreography By - John Broome Television Direction By - Herbert Roland