Sam Waterston as Benedick lying down in a small, green and white rowing boat surrounded by greenery

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
Broadway Digital Archive
Directed by Nick Havinga

Joseph Papp's 1972 televised Broadway production of Shakespeare's rollicking comedy follows young lovers Hero and Claudio, whose imminent nuptials are set to be thwarted by embittered prince Don John.

Renowned sparring partners Benedick and Beatrice exact justice as they learn that the line between love and hate is a fine one indeed.

Production duration: 2 hrs 40 min
Broadway Digital Archive

Cast & creative team

Characters

  • Beatrice
    Kathleen Widdoes
  • Benedick
    Sam Waterston
  • Dogberry
    Barnard Hughes
  • Don Pedro
    Douglass Watson
  • Hero
    April Shawhan
  • Claudio
    Glenn Walken
  • Leonato
    Mark Hammer
  • Antonio
    Arny Freeman
  • Ursula
    Bette Henritze
  • Margaret
    Jeanne Hepple
  • Don John
    Jerry Mayer
  • Borachio
    Frederick Coffin
  • Conrade
    Jack Gianino
  • Balthazar
    Marshall Efron
  • Verges
    Will Mackenzie
  • Friar Francis
    Tom McDermott
  • The Sexton/Messenger
    Charles Bartlett
  • First Watch
    George Gugleotti
  • Second Watch
    David Lenthall
  • Ensemble
    Robert Blacker
  • Ensemble
    Richard Casper
  • Ensemble
    Maury Cooper
  • Ensemble
    Lindsay Ann Crouse
  • Ensemble
    Joan Jaffe
  • Ensemble
    Nina Jordan
  • Ensemble
    Rosamond Lynn
  • Ensemble
    James McGill
  • Ensemble
    Bryan Mihok
  • Ensemble
    William Robertson
  • Ensemble
    Barbara Rubenstein
  • Ensemble
    Richard Schneider
  • Ensemble
    Leland Schwantes

Team

  • Joseph Papp
    Producer
  • A.J. Antoon
    Director
  • Nick Havinga
    Director
  • Peter Link
  • Tom John
    Art Director
  • Theoni V. Aldredge
  • Donald Saddler
    Choreographer
  • Heino Ripp
    Technical Director
  • Phil Hymes
    Lighting
  • Mahlon Fox
    Audio
  • Lee Baygan
    Make up
  • Ted Long
    Hair Stylist
  • Charles Lewis
    Musician
  • Bootsie Normand
    Musician
  • Peter Phillips
    Musician
  • Sam Pilafian
    Musician
  • Lenny Pogan
    Musician
  • Aaron Sachs
    Musician
  • Jimmie Young
    Musician
  • Vincent Gugleotti
    Casting