Don Fleming, editor
Run Time: Under One Hour
Doubling is possible
Originally produced in SCT’s Summer Season
Audience Recommendation: 9+
One of Shakespeare’s best comedies, Much Ado About Nothing intertwines honor, shame and court politics with hilarity and multiple marriages. The tale begins with the meeting of Hero, the daughter of a nobleman, and Claudio, a soldier and nobleman. They instantly fall and love and decide to be married. When Claudio is tricked into believing Hero has been unfaithful to him, he publicly accuses her of lechery and abandons her at the altar. Hero and her family pretend she has died of shock and grief until the truth comes out. The villains are finally found and arrested, and everyone learns that Hero is innocent, including Claudio, who grieves for her. As punishment, Hero’s father arranges for Claudio to marry her ‘cousin’. At the wedding it is revealed to Claudio that Hero is his actual bride. Hero’s cousin Beatrice is swept up in the joy and agrees to marry Claudio’s friend Benedick, and everyone has a merry dance.
This script was originally developed for Seattle Children’s Theatre Summer Season, an acclaimed program in which student actors and theatre professionals come together to produce polished plays. The Summer Season scripts, inspired by classic works, were specifically written for students in grades 4 through 12 to develop acting and other theatrical skills.