TitleMuch Ado About Nothing
AuthorShakespeare, William
VenueOlivier Theatre, National Theatre
Performance TypeFirst Production
CompanyNational Theatre; 1963-
Opening Night8/7/1981
Press Night8/14/1981
Closing Night2/6/1982
Performance Length2 hours, 45 minutes (including interval)
AwardsDrama Magazine Awards for Best Actress (Penelope Wilson)
Number of Performances44
Performer Roles
ROLE123682Treves; FrederickLeonato
ROLE123683Buffery; MarkMessenger
ROLE123684Wilton; PenelopeBeatrice, niece to Leonato
ROLE123685Langrishe; CarolineHero, daughter to Leonato
ROLE123686Swann; RobertDon Pedro
ROLE123687Gambon; Sir; MichaelBenedick
ROLE123688Drury; PatrickDon John, Don Pedro's bastard brother
ROLE123689Woodward; TimClaudio
ROLE123690Jewesbury; EdwardAntonio, brother to Leonato
ROLE123691Hamilton; RobertConrade, follower to Don JOhn
ROLE123692Sproule; PeterBorachio, follower to Don John
ROLE123693Rix; LouisaMargaret, gentlewoman attending on Hero
ROLE123694Macleod; MaryUrsula, gentlewoman attending on Hero
ROLE123695Porrett; SusanUrsula, gentlewoman attending on Hero
ROLE123696Hesford; MartynBoy
ROLE123697Snell; ChristopherBalthasar
ROLE123698Glover; BrianDogberry
ROLE123699Fenton; LeonardVerges
ROLE123700Ashton; AlFirst Watch
ROLE123701Hope; RichardSecond Watch
ROLE123702Bailey; JohnFriar Francis
ROLE123703Bentall; PaulSexton
ROLE137916Barlow; JeremyMusic Director / Recorder / Virginals
ROLE123679McLachlan; AlastairBaroque Violin
ROLE123680Thorndycraft; RosemaryViols / Hurdy-gurdy
ROLE123681Weigand; GeorgeLute / Mandolin / Cittern
ROLE113258Rae; ColinTrumpet
ROLE125365Morgan; LaurieDrummer
ROLE137918Ackroyd; TimothySupporting Cast
ROLE137919Jacobs; EmmaSupporting Cast
ROLE137920Leadbitter; BillSupporting Cast
Creative Roles
ROLE103141Shakespeare; William (1564-1616)Playwright
ROLE103345Gill; Peter (1939-)Director
ROLE103360Chitty; AlisonDesigner
ROLE121001Fenton; GeorgeMusic
ROLE106832Wentworth; StephenLighting
ROLE106096Burgess; JohnStaff Director
ROLE106097Cass Jones; MichaelProduction Manager
ROLE105038Beattie; RosemaryStage Manager
ROLE115246Macfarlane; JillAssistant Stage Manager
ROLE115247Speechley; TimothyAssistant Stage Manager
ROLE115248Walmsley; LesleyAssistant Stage Manager
ROLE121296Haynes; GabbySound
ROLE123205Hoddinott; BradleyAssistant to the Lighting Designer
ROLE107664Taylor; MarkAssistant Production Manager
ROLE108083Dominic; ZoeProduction Photographer
ROLE103792Bryant; CourtneyDeputy Stage Manager
RNT/SM/1/190Much Ado About Nothing1981Prompt Scripts
RNT/PP/1/3/60Much Ado About Nothing14 August 1981Olivier Programmes
RNT/PR/4/1/235Much Ado About NothingMay 1981 - April 1982Press Production Review Files
RNT/PR/3/189Much Ado About Nothing1981Rehearsal and Production Photographs
RNT/PP/2/3/49Much Ado About Nothing14 August 1981Olivier Posters
RNT/PO/5/100Much Ado About Nothing1981Set Photographs
RNT/CO/1/135Much Ado About Nothing1981Costume Department Production Files
RNT/PR/2/2/38Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon as Beatrice and Benedick in Olivier production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Peter Gill16 June 1981Press Releases 1980-1989
RNT/SM/2/4/31Much Ado About Nothing1981 - 1982Olivier Show Reports
RNT/PP/1/3/59Much Ado About Nothing14 August 1981Olivier Programmes
RNT/PO/3/1/34Much Ado About Nothing1981Olivier Production Office Show Files
RNT/PP/1/6/116Don Juan / Much Ado About Nothing08 February 1982Touring programmes
RNT/PP/3/6/51Much Ado About Nothing / Don Juan 1982Touring Printwork
RNT/PP/3/9/2/29Much Ado About Nothing1981Olivier Cast Lists
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