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Shakespeare Under the Skies: Much Ado About Nothing

22 January 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$20 – $25

This Summer 2022 Butterfly Theatre are continuing with their tradition of bringing theatre experiences out of the theatre and into your space … since 2013.

Butterfly Theatre proudly presents Shakespeare’s much-loved Classic play: Much Ado About Nothing in a variety of stunning outdoor settings under the Skies this Summer 2022. Set in the Shakespearean period of the 1590s with period costuming but with the universal and timeless themes of romantic love and its trials and tribulations.

Directed by Russell Slater who was recently onstage in Butterfly Theatre’s 2021 Shakespeare in the Bar/Park/Forest productions. Russell was founding Artistic Director for The Raw Shakespeare Project which produced upwards of 30 Shakespearean productions in the southern region. He is currently a Youth Theatre Educator in Onkaparinga via Raw Drama which is dedicated to creating meaningful theatre opportunities for young and emerging artists. Of Much Ado About Nothing Russell states “MAAN is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known, and frequently performed plays. Often regarded as his most ‘accessible’ play due to it’s regular moulding to the modern ‘Rom-Com’ genre we all know, love, or loathe. In this production however, we are looking to explore the broader, and darker, elements of this story … if you are familiar with Much Ado About Nothing, I hope you enjoy the fresh, rich approach to this performance. If you are new to Much Ado, or even Shakespeare, I hope you enjoy, and hopefully awaken an appreciation for his works in performance.

Our large cast features many of Adelaide’s talented actors: Kate Anolak, Chris Gun, Thomas Filsell, Nick Kennett, Leah Lowe, Kristen O’Dwyer, John Rosen, Bronwyn Ruciak, Nadia Talotta, Thomas Tassone, Steven Turner.

The production will be enhanced by live musical performances from The Welkin Dance featuring musicians Matthew Lykos and Jodie O’Regan. Matthew and Jodie will be performing a mixture of original compositions and arrangements of Shakespearean songs and traditional Elizabethan and folk music before the performances. 

Gates/Doors open from 5:30 with musical performance from 6:00 and show starts at 6:30 finishing at 8:30

To promote a Covid-Safe environment for all proof of Double vaccination Covid-19 status will be required by all attendees.


22 January 2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 – $25
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