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2020-21 Season

This fall, Theatre UCF students are bringing the theatre into your home. See what they’re creating through free online readings including a series of plays about social justice and a modern translation of a Shakespeare classic.

Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare in a modern verse translation by Ranjit Bolt

Directed by Mark Brotherton
This performance is sponsored by John and Rita Lowndes

Premiere on Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
On-demand streaming extended through Sunday, November 22 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Two couples are brought together and whisked apart by the plotting of friends and enemies in this comedy of love and misunderstanding. Experience the drama and poetry of one of Shakespeare’s most famous works in a new light.

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This translation of Much Ado About Nothing was commissioned by Play On Shakespeare and first given a reading at Classic Stage Company in New York City, June 2019, as part of a Play on Shakespeare marathon of translated plays. The translations were commissioned by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Bill Rauch, Artistic Director; Cynthia Rider, Executive Director) and Play On Shakespeare (Lue Douthit, Artistic Director) with a grant from Dave and Ken Hitz.
Much Ado About Nothing is produced in association with the NEA Big Read – Central Florida 2021.

How to Watch

  • All performances are pre-recorded and will be available on-demand for free starting at 7 p.m. on their premiere day.
  • No need to reserve a ticket or register in advance. Log in and watch the current show using the link below at your convenience anytime during the dates listed below.
  • Once you register to watch, you have 48 hours to watch the performance.
  • To join us for the live talkbacks, watch along with the stream at the 7 p.m. premiere time and follow the link provided on the event page.
  • Bookmark this page now and set calendar reminders for the premieres so you’re ready to watch every performance! Links to watch will be available on the premiere day of each performance.
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