Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

The Public Theater launches its 2019 free Shakespeare in the Park season with Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy was previously staged at the Delacorte Theater in 1972, 1988, 2004, and 2014.

Tickets are distributed for free in Central Park on a first come, first-served basis on the morning of each performance.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 40mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Much Ado About Nothing:

In this modern production, a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.

William Shakespeare
Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park
Kenny Leon
Peter Kaczorowski
Jessica Paz
Beowulf Boritt
Camille A. Brown
Emilio Sosa
Cast list:
Danielle Brooks (as Beatrice), Grantham Coleman (as Benedick), Chuck Cooper (as Leonato), Jeremie Harris (as Claudio), Erik Laray Harvey (as Antonio/Verges), Daniel Croix Henderson (as Balthasar), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (as Friar Francis/Sexton), Tiffany Denise Hobbs (as Ursula), Lateefah Holder (as Dogberry), Billy Eugene Jones (as Don Pedro), Margaret Odette (as Hero), Hubert Point-Du Jour (as Don John), Jaime Lincoln Smith (as Borachio), Khiry Walker (as Conrade), and Olivia Washington (as Margaret), with Jamar Brathwaite, Javen Crosby, Denzel Fields, Tayler Harris, Kai Heath, LaWanda Hopkins, Jazmine Stewart, and Latra A. Wilson
Other info:
Wigs, Hair & Make-up Design by Mia Neal
Much Ado About Nothing Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
May 21, 2019
Opening date: 
June 11, 2019
June 23, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Delacorte Theater

81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Nearest subway station:
81st Street - Museum of Natural History Station

Our Much Ado About Nothing Review

This production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park works. It sings. It flies. Director Kenny Leon and his fine cast have imbued the production at the Delacorte Theater with a certain style, grace and spirit.