Classic romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing will take centre stage at this year’s Shakespeare by the Bay.
Returning to Sandgate for its 10th year on September 22 and 23, the Shakespeare by the Bay weekend celebrates one of the greatest playwrights of our time and is part of the larger 4MBS Brisbane Shakespeare Festival running from September 22 to October 7 throughout Brisbane parks and venues.
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ was written by William Shakespeare between 1598 and 1599 and is set in the Sicilian port of Messina. It has since been adapted into countless theatre productions and films.
The play is a favourite of director Jan Black and audiences are promised romance, humour, great characters, a brilliant cast and a battle of wits between two people who won’t admit they love each other.
“The writing is so witty; the female characters are strong, and the play makes timeless observations about love and the human condition. And it has two weddings!’’ 4MBS general manager, Gary Thorpe says.
The main festivities are held in Sandgate on Sunday, September 23 at Einbunpin Lagoon park from 12.30pm, opening with a traditional trumpet fanfare.
Witness an authentic Shakespearean swordplay by Prima Spada and learn about the skills and weaponry used in historical fencing.
Then, settle down on your picnic rug as two love stories intertwine in the classic Much Ado About Nothing starring Queensland performers Ashlee Loliback as Hero and Gemma Willing as Beatrice.
Gary says Shakespeare is an important part of our culture and it is exciting to share his plays with the community.
“ Shakespeare by the Bay brings these great classics out of the inner city to the cool seaside breezes of Sandgate.’
“Our Queensland weather is perfect for bringing a rug and relaxing while watching brilliant professional Queensland actors bring to life one of the great classic comedies,” Gary says.
Throughout the afternoon there will be a sausage sizzle, cakes and drinks on sale and free face painting for children.
As part of the festival, you can introduce your children to the magic of Shakespeare. Interactive stories have been adapted especially for the little ones. Held at Sandgate Library on Saturday, September 22 from 11–11.30pm. Bookings are essential. Contact the library on 3667 6022.
Shakespeare by the Bay
Saturday 22 Sept and Sunday 23 Sept