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Much Ado About Nothing

  • Promenade performance at Traquair House
  • Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 2nd June
  • Wednesday 6th June to Saturday 9th June
  • Performances start at 7.30pm

Tickets (£8 Wed/Thurs and £14 Fri/Sat) are available from the Eastgate Theatre box office (01721 725777)

Director: Scott Noble

Shakespeare Shorts

  • Young Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing
  • Eastgate Theatre: Friday 15th June (7.30pm) Tickets: Box Office
  • Carlops Village Hall: Saturday 16th June (7.30pm) Tickets: 07773 024 024
  • Edinburgh Fringe, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th August and 11th August (12.00 noon). Much Ado tickets and Taming tickets.

Much Ado About Nothing

This year’s promenade performance is Much Ado About Nothing, which is a light-hearted romp set in Italy, telling the story of Benedict and Beatrice, Claudio and Hero and a raft of other characters. It was last performed by Shakespeare at Traquair 15 years ago, so we’re delighted to be doing it again. Scott Noble, one of the original cast from 2003, will be directing the play. Auditions and workshops have been held and the play has been cast and rehearsals began in late January.

Tickets are available from the Eastgate Theatre box office (01721 72577) and we recommend that you buy your ticket in advance to avoid the disappointment of not being able to buy a ticket on the night at Traquair House, as we do often sell out.

The Watch and Leonato, with Scott Noble (director) looking on

The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing

Following sell-outs in 2015 and 2016, Shakespeare at Traquair back up to Edinburgh for Fringe 2018.  Mix fourteen young actors, a couple of Shakespeare plays, some creative editing and you’ve all the ingredients for two shows that will appeal to anyone from age 5 upwards.

The Taming of the Shrew  finds theatre director Kate’s cast revolting; fed up of being outnumbered by the audience, they want to make Shakespeare fun to watch by turning the history plays into a rugby game, Romeo and Juliet into an ice-cream war and Hamlet into a comedy. Kate, a Shakespeare purist, is in despair. But can Petrucio tame this tyrant?  Can Kate outwit this manic misogynist? Plays within plays, music and mayhem in a modern day version of this classic.  The show lasts 55 minutes and is at theSpaceUK Niddry Street (Venue 9) at 12 noon on 3rd, 6th, 8th and 10th August.

Much Ado About Nothing see buns burning in the studio of The Great Brexit Bake Off as Beatrice battles TV co-host Benedick, Don Juan gets totally confused and Hero hopelessly harassed.  Man-eating Margaret is doing strange things with her scones and Borachio’s fiddling with his fondant fancies.  Keep calm and carry on baking in a tale of soggy bottoms, burned biscuits and scalded scones as Leonato tries to make a TV spectacular from this bowl of souring sponge mix.  The show lasts 55 minutes and is at theSpaceUK Niddry Street (Venue 9) at 12 noon on 4th, 7th, 9th and 11th August.

Fringe tickets £8, £5 (conc) and £20 family and be bought online (The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing).  There’s a “2 for 1” deal on 6th/7th August and various other offers apply.  School parties or other group bookings welcome – contact Tim Wilcock at

In the Borders

As well as the Fringe shows, both plays will be performed back to back at the Eastgate Theatre and Carlops Village Hall in June. Ticket prices are the same as the Fringe, but you get to see both shows!

  • Eastgate Theatre: Friday 15th June (7.30pm)
  • Carlops Village Hall: Saturday 16th June (7.30pm)
    • Tickets from 07773 024 024