MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Chris Abraham
LOVE GETS THE LAST LAUGH
When it comes to trading witty insults, Beatrice and Benedick are foes worthy of each other’s steel – and their friends think they’d make a great romantic match, too. Meanwhile, as a delightful campaign of trickery is mounted to awaken this merrily warring duo to their mutual attraction, another couple’s future happiness is threatened by deception of a very different kind.
Production support is generously provided by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins and by Sylvia Soyka
Support for the 2020 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster
Graham Abbey, Maev Beaty. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Claudius in Hamlet. 22nd season.
2020: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Gertrude in Hamlet. Sixth season. Stratford: Cookie (The Front Page), Elmire (Tartuffe), Lady Sneerwell (The School for Scandal), Sorrel (Bunny), Kate (The Last Wife), Miep (The Diary of Anne Frank), Kate Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Goneril (King Lear). Elsewhere: August: Osage County, Little Menace, Orlando, La Ronde, Parfumerie (Soulpepper); The De Chardin Project (Passe Muraille); Proud (Michael Healey), Terminus (Outside the March/Mirvish); Bunny, Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon); Another Africa (Volcano); The Mill (Theatrefront); Tartuffe, Palace of the End (Canadian Stage). Awards: Multi-Dora Award winner and 13-time nominee; TTCA winner. Film: Mouthpiece (TIFF, director Patricia Rozema). Online: maevbeaty.com. Et cetera: Maev has originated roles in 21 world premières, including her co-creations Montparnasse, Goblin Market and, most recently, Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre). This season's for Richard and Mary.
2020: Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and Suffolk in Wolf Hall. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well (2008). Elsewhere: Shaw Festival: 11 seasons including An Octoroon, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Higgins in Pygmalion, Bernard in Arcadia (with transfer to Royal Alexandra Theatre), Tesman in Hedda Gabler and Dunois to Tara Rosling's Saint Joan (with tour to Chicago Shakespeare). Also, productions with Bard on the Beach (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Caravan Farm Theatre, Citadel, Vertigo (Gaslight), Globe (Elizabeth Rex, Glass Menagerie), Blyth Festival (Outdoor Donnellys), Segal Centre (The Seagull), Tarragon (The Message, Realistic Joneses), Factory, Canadian Stage, Mirvish (Lord of the Rings), Great Canadian Theatre Company, National Arts Centre (including each of the five Shakespeares directed there by Marti Maraden). Film/TV: Recent work includes Anne with an E, In the Dark, Spiral.
2020: Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Ophelia in Hamlet and appears in Wolf Hall. Third season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Crucible, Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: Jane Grey, Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); Cordelia, King Lear (Bard on the Beach/Theatre Calgary); Desdemona, Othello (Shakespeare Company); Luciana, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Bow); Sarah, Shakespeare's Rebel (Bard on the Beach); Molly Aster, Peter and the Starcatcher; Fanny, A Christmas Carol; Ginger Rogers, Make Mine Love (Citadel); Crissy, HAIR (Mayfield); Love's Labour's Lost, Blood Wedding, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Pains of Youth (Studio Theatre); Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel (Edmonton Opera). Film/TV: Secret Life of Girls, Snowflake, Algorithms, Paris, Walking the Line. Voiceover: Mass Effect 3 (EA Games). Training: BFA, U of A; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Excellence; Dashy Goody Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance.
2020: Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Zelda Schneller inThe Front Page and appeared in Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere (selected): The Comedy of Errors, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Gut Girls, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (University of Victoria);Twelfth Night (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet (SATCo); The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse). Film/TV (selected): Grand Unified Theory (Second Chance Productions); The Haunting Hour (Hub Network); Mr. Hockey (CBC); Supernatural (CW). Training: BFA, University of Victoria. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude, thank you!
2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Stratford debut. Performer/Creator: Assassinating Thomson (The Meighen Forum and national tour); This is Cancer (Alberta Theatre Projects and several national tours); Undercover (Spontaneous Theatre/Tarragon Theatre/Vertigo Theatre). Elsewhere: Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Alberta Theatre Projects); Scenography in Queer Blind Date (High Performance Rodeo/One Yellow Rabbit/Spontaneous Theatre); Christmas Past/Narrator in A Christmas Carol (National Arts Centre); Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero/Hit and Myth). Artist on board with The Railbirds (Via Rail). Artist in Residence with Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island). Training: Mount Royal College, Loose Moose Theatre, The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Awards: Betty Mitchell Awards for This is Cancer and Evil Dead: The Musical. Et cetera: Visual art and music can be found online at brucehorak.com.
2020: Co-creator and member of the ensemble of An Undiscovered Shakespeare, Member of the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing and Guard in Hamlet. Third season. Stratford: Michael, Moloch in Paradise Lost; Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Elsewhere: 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman (Drayton Entertainment); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (Theatre Calgary); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); A Christmas Carol, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry Theatre); Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (CTF); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).
2020: Christophe, Jane Rochford in Wolf Hall and appears in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Second season. Stratford: Swing in The Neverending Story, Desdemona understudy in Othello. Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz in Hanger (Toronto Fringe/Kildare Company); Desdemona in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Ale House Theatre Company); Helen in One Side of an Ampersand (Flying Radio Theatre). Film/TV: Killjoys (guest star), Sugar Daddy (supporting), Benson (lead), 'Sup Meg (lead), Samanthology (principal), Queen of the Bums (lead), The Spectre (principal). Training: Ryerson Theatre School, BADA (Midsummer in Oxford program). Awards: Emerging Artist Award (MyTheatre Awards), Perry Schneiderman Award (Ryerson).
2020: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, Player Queen in Hamlet and Thomas More in Wolf Hall. Seventh season. Stratford: Queen Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere: Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies in Bad Times); Escape from Happiness, Better Living, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Factory Theatre); Age of Arousal (ATP). Film/TV: Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures), Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM), Breakout Kings. Awards: Dora Awards for The Little Years, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Leisure Society; nominations for How Do I Love Thee? and Happy Place.
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