Much Ado Show Info

Éinne Ó Connachtáin playing Benedick & Aoibheann McCann playing Beatrice
Éinne Ó Connachtáin playing Benedick & Aoibheann McCann playing Beatrice


Sensational evening in with Shakespeare’s much ado. What a cast, well done to all!

Much Ado About Nothing



12 AUGUST–15 AUGUST: 7PM Curtain – Show finishes by 9:10PM

16 & 17 AUGUST:  3PM Curtain – Show finishes by 5:10PM

Since the performance is free, you don’t need tickets. Just come to the park with a blanket or tarp to sit on and feel free to bring a picnic (alcohol is NOT permitted) and as many friends as you would like. The Clonmel Street gates open at 6:30 on weeknights and the park is open all day before the shows on weekends. Evening performances start at 7pm and weekends shows are at 3pm. Children are welcome and encouraged.
We can’t wait to see your there.

The LUAS makes it easy to get to the Iveagh Gardens for FREE Shakespeare. Take the LUAS to Harcourt Street and walk towards Stephen’s Green to Clonmel Street, turn right on to Clonmel and the entrance to the Iveagh Gardens is at the end of the street.

Rain Policy (’cause we just have to have one)

Fortune’s Fool Productions rain policy: If there are more in the audience than in the cast, the show will go on. If it is not raining when the show starts and it begins to rain, we will continue as long as people stay to watch. If you come to the show while there is good weather, and the weather turns, you may depart, but some of our best shows have occurred in the rain.

Audience Responses to Much Ado:

Went to see Much Ado About Nothing in the Iveagh Garden’s last night. It was fantastic. I laughed so so so much and it was so lovelysitting outside listening to Shakespeare. AND IT”S FREEEEEE! Bring a blanket and a picnic to make the evening even better – (we forgot the snacks and I was hungry!)

Roisin Hunt

Hello All

Thanks a million for to nights brilliant performance

From the pre play music to the “stage” to the venue to well everything really it was fantastic

And as I remarked afterwards to Leonato wasn’t Shakespeare really  clever altogether to write mobile phones into
his play all those years ago !!

Glad I caught your rehearsal which prompted me to go


The masquerade from an audience perspective.
The masquerade from an audience perspective.

“Great production. All fab. Even the weather. Enjoyed the show. Well done. Thank you.”



Great fun at ‘Much Ado’ in Iveagh Gardens last night from . Go if you can & bring a picnic.

Really enjoyed your version of Much Ado About Nothing last night. Well done!

Really enjoyed ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in the Iveagh Gardens last night. And the rain stayed away which was a plus.

 About Much Ado

Director Stephanie Courtney is setting this Much Ado About Nothing in our contemporary world, exploiting both hyper-modern society dominated by mobile phone technology/social media, and traditional culture upholding strict rules of conduct and social order. While Much Ado is a delightful comedy that capitalises on ‘a merry war’ between the sexes, the plot revolves around bullying, defamation, and public humiliation, which have found a new breeding ground in social media.

Our Music Director, Marion McEvoy, will be composing original music for the masquerade and the weddings, and we will employ musicians and singers so the score will be performed live and as part of the story.

Our casts are comprised of professional actors, musicians, singers and dancers, many of whom are recent graduates from programmes like The Gaiety School of Acting, DCU and Trinity College providing excellent performance opportunities for new professionals while creating shows of the highest artistic standards.

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