Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Open Auditions: Saturday Oct 26, 1-4pm
Monday Oct 28, 6-8pm
also by appointment, if required

You will be asked to read from scenes in the script. Download the audition package with character descriptions, audition scenes and more:

Call the GPLT Box Office to book an audition time. 780 538 1616. Or email a request to audition to
Loaner scripts are available for a $5 deposit refunded when you bring the script back.

Play Synopsis:

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare about misunderstandings, love and deception.
Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro arrive at Leonato’s house in Messina. Beatrice and Benedick bicker with each other and Claudio, a soldier, falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
Don John, who is Don Pedro’s evil half-brother, tricks Claudio into believing that he has seen Hero being unfaithful.
Meanwhile, Don Pedro and others plot to bring Benedick and Beatrice together. Claudio accuses Hero of infidelity and refuses to marry her. Leonato is persuaded to pretend that she is dead.
Hero’s innocence is proven and Claudio repents. He agrees to accept Antonio’s daughter in marriage and she turns out to be Hero after all! The trick to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love succeeds and he proposes to her at the end of the play.

There are many parts of all sizes: with 5 leads, and 10 2nd/3rd leads, many options. Even non-speaking
roles are possible, if someone is interested.

ACTOR: M – Male F – Female M/F – Male or Female – whenever plot
allows Casting will be by gender and age that make the best possible combinations.

Ages below are of the Character, not the actor auditioning – feel free to audition older or

NOTE – the parts of Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick have sword fighting, and require a commitment
to additional fight choreography rehearsals.

Rehearsal schedule will be light until the New Year, and flexible to reasonably accommodate any
actors in Grapes of Wrath, or other productions.


Leonato The Governor – a nice, but overwhelmed, dad to…
M 50s-70s Hero who loves Claudio, and is the young and spirited cousin to…
F 20s

Beatrice an experienced, fun but sharp tongued, ex-friend of…
F 30s-40s

Benedict a jaded warrior, who fought alongside his friends Claudio and…
M 30s-40s

Don Pedro the leader, to capture in battle…
M 30s-50s

Don John the villain (an actual bastard), who conspires with…
M/F 20s-50s

Conrade John’s buddy, to get their friend…
M/F 20s-50s

Borachio to manipulate his lover…
M 20s-50s

Margaret Hero’s serving woman, to unknowingly spread evil rumours that get back to…
F 20s-50s Claudio a fierce warrior – the rumours make him dramatically spurn Hero.
M 20s-30s

Balthazar A musician who conspires with others to get Ben and Bea to hook up.
M/F 20s-50s Ursula Hero’s gal pal.
F 20s-50s

Antonio Beatrice’s dad. (Leonato’s brother, Hero’s uncle.)
M 50s-70s Friar Francis performs various ceremonies (successfully, and not.)
M/F 30s-70s

Messenger keeps the Lords informed.
M/F 20s-50s

Dogberry The sincere but foolish Watchman, investigates alongside…
M/F 20s-50s

Verges Dogberry’s wingman, to try to figure out what’s happening.
M/F 20s-50s 1st Watchman who’s actually competent.
M/F 20s-50s

2nd Watchman the real brains of The Watch.
M/F 20s-50s

**NOTE – Characters Boy & Sexton may be added