The 10 Selected Productions

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
German version Burgtheater
Burgtheater Vienna

Premiere 8 December 2006
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

© Georg Soulek

  • 2h, no interval

Past Dates

Talk with the audience
Moderation Tobi Müller
Sun 13 May 22:00

Anyone who’s not seen Christiane von Poelnitz and Joachim Meyerhoff as Beatrice and Benedict, doesn’t know what pleasures the theatre is capable of. The freshest and funniest two hours of theatre around. No excesses of meaning, no dramaturgical interventions, no forced interpretations, just theatre entirely at ease with itself, its image and the joy it can create. That’s almost anarchy! You can’t buy a better mood anywhere. And Shakespeare never did more than this with his ado made here about nothing (well, nothing but love, perhaps). But that’s exactly where this shameless production strikes the heart of today: Tell me about love, dear.


Directed by Jan Bosse
Stage Design Stéphane Laimé
Costume Design Kathrin Plath
Lighting Design Friedrich Rom
Dramaturgy Joachim Lux

Nicholas Ofczarek Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon
Martin Reinke Leonato, govenor of Messina
Jörg Ratjen Don John, the bastard brother of Don Pedro
Christian Nickel Claudio, a nobleman from Florence
Joachim Meyerhoff Benedict, a lord from Padua
Michael Masula Borachio, follower of Don John
Dorothee Hartinger Hero, daughter of Leonato
Christiane von Poelnitz Beatrice, niece of Leonato

Musicians Angela Berann, Julian Berann, Lenny Dickson, Otmar Klein, Erwin Schober