Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesdays, April 2 – May 7
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Instructor: Glenn Stuart
Location: Congregational Church, Parish Hall, Henniker; 43 Maple St, Henniker, NH 03242

Much Ado About Nothing is arguably Shakespeare’s most performed comedy. Not only is it a staple of every Shakespearean company from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the American Shakespeare Company, it has appeared on London’s West End no less than four times since 2011.  It has paired such stage luminaries as John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft, Donald Sinden and Judi Dench, Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer, and Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.   Most recently James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave gave proof to the notion that you are truly never too old to fall in love. What is it about this play and its bickering lovers Beatrice and Benedick that continues to fascinate and delight us after 420 years? This course views three video versions of this play - Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 feature film, Joss Wheldon’s 2012 film and the 2011 Globe Theatre production directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Glenn Stuart is Professor of Theater at New England College where he also serves as Technical Director and Scenic Designer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Open Door Theater, which produces plays during the summer using a company comprised of current students, alumni and associates of the NEC Theater program.