Siamsa Tíre

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Rough Magic Theatre Company

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Tickets €21 / €19

Rough Magic Theatre Company and Kilkenny Arts Festival presents a vivid, fun, contemporary Irish staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy

Directed by Ronan Phelan, Rough Magic’s vivid, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy is a co-production with Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019 where it premiered this summer. 

On the deck of a deluxe mobile home, friends gather for a week of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics. 

As the party grows, two star-crossed couples emerge; just as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them apart. 

Rough Magic returns to Siamsa Tíre with this vivid festive production of deception and excess that asks: can we ever truly know the people that we love?

ENSEMBLE CAST: Clare Barrett / Venetia Bowe / Peter Corboy / Maeve Fitzgerald / Patrick Martins / Margaret McAuliffe / Jack Mullarkey / Shane O’Regan / Conor O’Riordan


Direction: Ronan Phelan

Set Design: Sabine Dargent

Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels

Costume Design: Catherine Fay

Sound Design & Composition: Denis Clohessy


★★★★ ‘...a play where love, honour, villainy and even grief become a kind of public performance, which the ensemble lustily and cleverly embrace, fuzzing over any misgivings by getting everybody drunk on comedy.’

Irish Times

‘We don’t often get to see this ­particular Shakespeare play so it’s a pleasure to have it so well served in this boisterous and intelligent production...The business of comedy romance hasn’t changed that much in four centuries, as we laugh at the same jokes.... A hugely enjoyable and timeless treat.’

Irish Independent