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Whitworth Theatre Brings Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" to the Stage This Fall

October 4, 2023

Whitworth Theatre presents its fall main-stage production, Much Ado About Nothing, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Brian Tyrrell. 

The delightful comedy about two people eager to fall in love and two others who vow never to fall in love again is a “merry war of wits,” set in southern Italy in 2023. It is one of Shakespeare’s most accessible plays, having delighted audiences for 400-plus years. 

As a bonus, six faculty and staff members will take turns playing the role of Friar Francis across the six performances. Those performances include Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. You can purchase tickets online here

Online prices: Adults, $20; seniors/students, $15.

At the door: Adults, $22; seniors/students, $15.

Whitworth students are free with a valid ID at the door.

About Brian Tyrrell:

Brian Tyrrell is a veteran of four seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and single seasons with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the National Shakespeare Festival in New York. Credits include performances with the Oak Park Festival in Chicago and A.C.T. and the Empty Space theatres in Seattle as well as multiple productions with Harlequin Productions in Olympia. Tyrrell taught and directed theatre at Centralia College for 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and currently resides at the Seattle Rep. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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