Much Ado About Nothing (Broadway, Gershwin Theatre, 1984) | Playbill

Much Ado About Nothing



A celebration of true love, friendship, and wit, Much Ado About Nothing features some of Shakespeare’s most satisfying language as it tells the story of two romantic pairings and accompanying comedy, trickery, and intrigue.

The story follows Beatrice and Benedick, two quick-witted and sarcastic individuals who are happily single, but whose friends believe they would make a great romantic match. Set in the Early Modern world, an era of ever-changing attitudes towards marriage and power, the play presents a society at once filled with progressive feminist impulses and countervailing forces rooted in traditional patriarchal values. With his astonishing wit and insight, Shakespeare explores the complexities that underlie these growing social tensions.

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Drama Desk Award
1985 Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominee
1985 Outstanding Costume Design Winner
1985 Outstanding Set Design Nominee
1985 Outstanding Sound Design Winner
Tony Award
1985 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Nominee
1985 Best Actress in a Play Nominee
1985 Best Actor in a Play Winner
1985 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Nominee
1985 Revival (Play or Musical) Nominee
1985 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Nominee
1985 Best Direction of a Play Nominee

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