Beatrice and Benedick

Much Ado About Nothing (2018)

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

Directed by Scott Noble
Musical director: Sarah Chapman
Music composition: Sarah Chapman and Jenny Noble

Pre-performance meals were available from the Garden Café, which is found in the beautiful Walled Garden at Traquair House. For further details about this excellent café please phone (01896 830323) or visit the café’s website.

Much Ado About Nothing 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 were delighted to be doing it again. Scott Noble, one of the original cast from 2003, directed the play.

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

Tickets were sold through the Eastgate Theatre box office (01721 72577).

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Videos of Much Ado About Nothing

The First Half. Watch on YouTube.

The Second Half. Watch on YouTube.


Photographs from the dress rehearsal and the performances are now available on Flickr. You can view them using the slideshow below or or go to Flickr.

Much Ado About Nothing (2018)
Click on the arrows to scroll through the images and click on a photo to bring up a larger version.

Beatrice and Benedick at the masked ball Is there a better location for a masked ball than the beautiful grounds of Traquair House?

Dogberry and Verges are on the case Matt Davies (Dogberry) and Verges (Boyd Wild) had to master a rather bizarre tricycle and never really did!

Audience and Traquair House on a beautiful evening Traquair House is probably the real star of the show.

Much Ado About Nothing poster


Scott Noble was keen to have the rehearsals at Traquair House, so this meant some of the early ones were a bit snowy!

The Watch in the snow rehearsing

Beatrice, Hero and Margaret and Scott Noble

But the sun also shone and later rehearsals were blessed with lovely weather.

By the maze at Traquair House

Beatrice, Benedick and exasperated Leonato