Much Ado About Nothing opens in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 21:06 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:55 16 August 2012

Much Ado About Nothing [Picture: Nigel Markwick]

Much Ado About Nothing [Picture: Nigel Markwick]


HAVING won a five-star review for its recent production of The Wind in the Willows, Shooting Stars Theatre Company returns to Welwyn Garden City this weekend with Much Ado About Nothing.

The Shakespeare comedy will be performed outdoors in the Green Square Open Air Theatre at Campus West from tomorrow (Friday) to Sunday as part of the Inside Out season.

Shooting Stars’ artistic director Helen Crosse is no stranger to the Hawthorne Theatre.

A Welwyn girl now living in London, Helen attended Monk’s Walk School and is a regular performer in the Campus West panto and she’ll be returing this Christmas as Fairy Beansprout in Jack and the Beanstalk.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s funniest and best-loved comedies. Shooting Stars’ production is set in a modern context that’s accessible to everyone, providing a fresh and vibrant take on an old favourite.

Performed with our customary boundless energy, Much Ado About Nothing will provide both humour and heartbreak to an audience of all ages.

The production runs at two hours long including an interval.

The talented and dedicated cast is made up of Michael Totton (Benedick), Tabitha Becker-Kahn (Beatrice), Joe Sargent (Claudio), Emily-Grace Hyland (Hero), Stewart Marquis (Leonato), Garry Mannion (Don Pedro), James Clifford (Don John), Roisin Keogh (Margaret), Lewis Richardson (Borachio), Hayley Emma Otway (Margaret), Graham Dron (Dogberry) and Peter Steele (Verges).

The production is directed by Helen Crosse, who also runs the Shooting Stars Academy, a weekly drama class based at Monk’s Walk School in WGC, and The Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans.

* Much Ado About Nothing will be performed in the Green Square Open Air Theatre, at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, WGC, on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday

Tickets are available from the Hawthorne Theatre box office from their website at or on 01707 357117.

They will also be available to purchase on the day. Tickets cost £12 each, £10 concessions.

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