Innovative retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

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Hero (Spokazi Poswa) and Claudio (Vuyolwethu Tshambula)

An innovating telling of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, will be staged at the Durban University of Technology’s Courtyard Theatre in Durban from March 14 to 18, before heading off the Germany as part of an innovative global exchange/research programme to honour the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies combining elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honour, shame, and court politics.

The play centres on young lovers Hero and Claudio, who are soon to wed, and who conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles, Benedick and Beatrice, to wed as well. Meanwhile a scheming Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials.

Debbie Lutge designs and directs, with Michael Broderick responsible for the lighting.

The DUT version travels to Essen-Werden in Germany to join productions from Krakow Poland; Melbourne Australia; Germany and Durban. It is the first production from Africa to take part in this innovative international Shakespeare project.

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Dogberry (Thobani Nzuza) Conrad (Malusi Mkhonza) Verges (Nkanyiso Shezi) Borachio (Zuzumusi Mdamba) Watch (Thandeka Shangase)

Tickets are R40 throughout (R20 for students, R10 for scholars in groups of ten or more if booked in advance and R15 for scholars in groups of ten or more at the door. For more information contact the Departmental Secretary, Lebohang Sibisi on 031 373 2194 or email


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