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Much Ado About Nothing


by Charles Villiers Stanford

adapted from the play by William Shakespeare


extended staged excerpts with piano accompaniment



Thursday 4 August 2016


Left Bank Leeds




Production recording


Production images


Thursday 4 August we rediscovered Charles Villiers Stanford’s wonderful operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.


Largely unperformed since its premiere at the Royal Opera House in 1901, Stanford’s opera is an hilarious, moving and hugely entertaining adaptation of Shakespeare’s play.


In a comedy of two sets of lovers, Hero and Claudio must overcome the devious and jealous Don John, whilst for Beatrice and Benedick, it's not exactly a case of 'love at first sight' ...


We performed five extended extracts from the opera, and audiences heard from the leading Stanford scholar, Professor Jeremy Dibble, on Stanford's operatic career.


Production programme

Director     Eleanor Clare Taylor

Conductor     Christopher Pelly


Don Pedro / Friar     David Cane

Hero    Sarah Gilford

Claudio     Brian McNamee

Benedick     Sam Pantcheff

Beatrice     Catrin Woodruff

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'Much Ado About Nothing' cast (dress rehearsal)