Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Much Ado about Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most delicious and accessible comedies. My students loved reading and discussing this play. And seeing it performed is even better! Bring your own teens to a performance and you’ll unleash a love for the Bard!

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Buntrock

WHEN: September 10, 2011 - October 2, 2011 (see below for performance times)
TICKETS: Single ticket prices start at $37. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, and patrons aged 30 and under. 
Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or

Two River Theater launches their season with Shakespeare’s wittiest and most delightful romantic comedy, directed by Tony Award-nominee Sam Buntrock and starring two of the country’s most acclaimed Shakespeare actors, Michael Cumpsty and Kathryn Meisle, as Benedick and Beatrice.

On the sun-drenched island of Sicily, a group of soldiers have made a triumphant return from war, flush with victory—only to find that the battle between the sexes is not so easily won.

A great and witty romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing delights audiences with the sparkling banter between resistant lovers Benedick and Beatrice. Buntrock sets their “merry war” in the early 20th century, on the veranda of a family home owned by one of Sicily’s most powerful men. In this idyllic atmosphere, filled with music and sunshine, the sudden appearance of soldiers returning from battle brings romance—and an undercurrent of danger. In this world of honor and passion, two sets of lovers—Benedick and Beatrice, and the younger couple Claudio and Hero—determine their futures.

Discussions and Events

Before Play: Before every performance of each subscription show at Two River Theater, an artistic staff member, artist, educator or community leader hosts a free discussion to give context and background about the show. Audience members interested in attending the Before Play discussion should arrive at the theater 45 minutes prior to their scheduled performance.

Post-Play Conversations: The audience is invited to stay for a discussion with a member of the artistic staff and members of the cast after the following performances:  

Wednesdays: September 21 at 7 PM and September 28 at 1 PM
Sundays: September 25 at 3 PM

Accessibility: Two River Theater is fully wheelchair accessible and offers assisted-listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. To reserve wheelchair accessible seating or tickets for a performance listed below, patrons should call 732.345.1400.

Audio-described performances are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, at 1 PM and Saturday October 1, at 8 PM; tickets are $15 for patrons needing audio description. 

An open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, at 3 PM; tickets are $15 for patrons needing open captions.

  • Saturday, September 10, at 8 PM 
  • Sunday, September 11, at 3 PM
  • Tuesday, September 13, at 8 PM
  • Wednesday, September 14, at 7 PM
  • Thursday, September 15, at 8 PM
  • Friday, September 16, at 8 PM
  • Saturday, September 17, at 8 PM (Opening Night)
  • Sunday, September 18, at 3 PM
  • Wednesday, September 21, at 1 PM  and 7 PM
  • Thursday, September 22, at 10 AM and 8 PM
  • Friday, September 23, at 8 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, at 3 PM  and 8 PM
  • Sunday, September 25, at 3 PM
  • Wednesday, September 28, at 1 PM and 7 PM
  • Thursday, September 29, at 10 AM and 8 PM
  • Friday, September 30, at 8 PM
  • Saturday, October 1, at 3 PM and 8 PM
  • Sunday, October 2, at 3 PM 
“Much Ado About Nothing” Meet-and-Greet