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Tour 73 kicks off with free performances of Much Ado About Nothing on the Root Family Stage.

War has ended and soldiers return home to forget their sorrows. It looks like love is in the air. Except between Beatrice and Benedick, who are determined not to fall in love and get married even as they can't help engaging in daily verbal sparring matches with one another. Their friends Hero and Claudio along with others conspire to set them up whether they like it or not, but ill intentions may threaten to break up more than one couple in this play. Tricks, mistaken identity, and a clueless night watchman are on the horizon in this "will they/won't they" comedy that features one of Shakespeare's wittiest couples.

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jason King Jones

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Carl Ackers

  • Donte’ Bynum

    Don John/Antonio/Seacole/Friar
  • Avery Ford

  • Monuaze Mason

  • Rashaud Matthew

    Don Pedro/Margaret/Conrade
  • Adirah Robinson

  • Ría Simpkins

  • Ryan Anthony

    Stage Manager


All seating for Olney Outdoors is general admission and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The venue opens approximately ½ hour prior to performance time except where noted. There will be several seating options available including:

  • A dedicated area for blankets
  • Seats provided by Olney Theatre
  • Bleachers provided by Olney Theatre
  • A dedicated area for those who bring their own seats
  • At heavily attended events, additional benches will be available on the plaza, along with picnic tables, and space to set up your own chairs

Spaces may not be reserved in advance. Please visit our accessibility page if you have special seating needs.


In case of rain, this event will be moved to the 1938 Original Theatre.


Much Ado About Nothing

July 22 - July 23 2022

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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