Much Ado About Nothing: LIVE!


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jun 15 2:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival
LIVE performance!


Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival (FlagShakes) is proud to open its 2019 season with Shakespeare’s beloved classic “Much Ado About Nothing” and a special live performance at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m., co-presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

In the aftermath of war, returning soldiers discover that finding love and building their lives anew is a journey that can take some unexpected turns. Now bitter rivals, former lovers Benedick and Beatrice lock horns in a battle for supremacy of wit, while Beatrice’s family is ripped apart by betrayal. Add a bumbling detective, a prince in disguise, scheming villains, and passionate young lovers and you have Shakespeare’s warmest, funniest comedy.

Returning fans will recognize director Jesse James Kamps’ work from last summer’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Delightfully witty, Kamps’ directorial style captures all the ribaldry of the Bard himself. Assembled from actors representing every FlagShakes company from the last five seasons, the super-group cast of “Much Ado” stars Spencer Dooley as Benedick and esteemed southwestern actress Allison Sell as Beatrice in her FlagShakes debut.

Scored by Thomas Hartwell, “Much Ado” will feature original music as well as a selection of New Orleans Jazz standards from the 1930s and ‘40s. Music will be performed entirely by the acting cast --- seven actors across eleven instruments!

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival was founded by a group of actors, scholars, and educators who delight in seeing the Bard’s work as originally intended on stage: intimate, dynamic, accessible, and linguistically rich. We are dedicated to education. Shakespeare wrote his plays for the stage, not the page, and we trust that the Bard knew what he was doing. We believe in enriching the classroom experience of Shakespeare by offering live performances, actor-led workshops, technical workshops, and extracurricular classes on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.