University Players to begin season with Shakespearean comedy

University Players begins its 53nd season with William Shakespeare’s ever-popular comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The play runs September 15 to 18 and 21 to 25 at Essex Hall Theatre.

With love at first sight and witty battles of words, Much Ado About Nothing is a beautiful love story of two couples – the adoring Claudio and Hero and the fiery Beatrice and Benedick. Everything seems perfect until the evil Don John conspires to break up the unions, nearly spoiling this light-hearted comedy. But thanks to a blundering constable who uncovers the treachery, tragedy is averted, and the lovers can celebrate a joyous ending.

“The richness of this play lies not just in its large gallery of colourful, unforgettable characters, but also in the brilliant seasoning of broad comedy with moments of raw drama,” says the play’s director, drama professor Brian Taylor. “These are full-blooded people living full lives in a robust and kind-hearted comedy.”

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. On Sunday, September 18, a “Talk Back” discussion with the director and actors will follow the performance. Tickets run $18 to $20.

For information or tickets, call 519-253-3000, ext. 2808 or visit