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2016 Fall Performance

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Performance Dates and Times:

November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8:00 PM
November 20 at 2:00 PM

Performance Location:

Mahan Theater, United States Naval Academy

Ticket Prices:

$13 for the Public
$5 for Midshipmen


One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing delights audiences with its dual and dueling ideas of love, courtship, and the proper behavior of the sexes. Reset in the American southwest just after World War I, our production’s staging finds Claudio, Don Pedro, and Benedick as celebrated veterans and guests on the New Mexican estate of Leonato. Beatrice, Leonato’s outspoken niece and suffragette, matches wits with self-avowed bachelor Benedick. Meanwhile her cousin Hero is gently wooed by Claudio. But laughter turns to tears when Don Pedro’s troublesome brother slanders Hero. The crisis unifies the characters, who find unlikely help from the bumbling village police.

Shakespeare's title engages us in its own playful repartee, playing on Elizabethan use of the word nothing; the play is much ado about noticing the opposite sex, much ado about knowing one another’s secrets, and much ado about something that did not really happen.

Parking and Entering the U.S. Naval Academy:

  • Any military or DoD personnel with a valid military ID can drive directly onto the Academy grounds.  The closest parking to the theater is Alumni Hall parking lot.  There is limited parking in front of Mahan Hall.
  • For all other audiences, parking is available out in town.  The Bladen Street/Calvert Street Parking Garage by St. John's College is available for free parking.  GATE 3 of USNA (located at the end of Maryland Avenue) is open until 9PM to any visitor with a valid ID.  GATE 1 (located at the end of King George Street) is open until 1AM on weekends.  
  • Mahan Theater is located on Maryland Avenue, within USNA.  A tall clock tower graces the roof of the building.

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