Past Performances

Much Ado About Nothing -- Summer 2011

muchadoaboutnothingDirected by Simon Pell

Summer 2011

The summer 2011 production of Shakespeare's well-loved play, Much Ado About Nothing was set in 1588. The English fleet has just defeated the almighty Spanish Armada at the Battle of Gravelines. Back home the entire country prepares to welcome the victorious sailors with street parties, banquets and masked balls. Leonata, Governess of Messina warmly welcomes Don Pedro and his men, who are invited to stay for a month of celebrations. The rest is history but true love prevails as we follow the stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Hero and Claudio.

A live Elizabethan soundtrack was provided by world-famous lutist Jacob Heringman.

In 2011 the Castle Players incorporated several new elements to the experience, including relocating to the back lawn of the Bowes Museum and using new covered seating.


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Cast Crew
Don Pedro Harry French   Director Simon Pell
Benedick Andrew Stainthorpe   Designer Simon Pell & Christine Naseby
Claudio Matthew Jones   Assistant director Mary Stastny
Don John Andy Moorhouse   Music Jacob Herringman
Tom Hughes   Songs Penny Randall-Davis
Conrade Andrew Harrison   Stage manager  Sally Roberts
Leonata Lynn Smith   Props Marzia Aloisio
Antonia Trudi Dixon   Technical design & installation Bob Blyth & Harry Roberts
Friar Francis Balthasar Peter Cockerill   Stage management & technical team 

Mike Elder, Kathy Kerr, Will Barker, Lez Woodhouse, Marianne Dixon, Sam Fells, Chris Best, Vaughan Freeman, Ian Forster, Sally Barker, Willian Freeman, Alex Doyle

Hero Laura Pennell   Transport & logistics management Peter Atkinson
Margaret Sarah Fells   Set construction & painting team Simon Pell, Graham Fewell, Matthew Heron, Andrew Heron, Lez Woodhouse, Charlotte Perkins, Sue Foulston, Harry French, Alex Doyle
Ursula Nic Worsnop   Wardrobe

Lesley Cutting (with Christine Naseby, Marzia Aloisio, Charlotte Perkins, Lorraine De-Guise, Janet Fowler, Christine Bell)

Beatrice Susie Kitson   Publicity  Andrew Harrison
Diana Sarah Fells   Video & DVD  Adrian Ball
Dogberry Graham Fewell   T-Shirt Sarah Fells (with Susan Littlefair Embroidery)
Verges Keith Turner   Overnight Security Winston
Sexton Fred Traice   Publicity  Andrew Harrison 
1st Watchman Angus Wheeler   Marketing

Fred Tracie, Chris Bell, Bill Gibson, Chris Best, Tesesa Wilcox, Peter Cockerill, Lynn Smith, Christine Naseby, Andrew Harrison, Andrew Stainthorpe, Sue Campbell

2nd Watchman Christopher Evans   Front of house

Teresa Wilcox (with Carol Goldberg, Annalisa Ward, Sue Kelly, Josie Pollard, Bill Gibson, Jean Turner, John Purkiss, William Freeman, Val Wilson, Ed Bentley and the Cast)

Messenger Charlotte Perkins   Car parking Teesdale Lions
Boy Liam Sampson   First Aid St John's Ambulance 
Watchmen Martin Foran   Photography  Mark Fuller 
Snug Peter Martin, Alastair Stewart  


Crowd Sue Foutston, Josie Pollard, Marzio Aloisio, Sue Kelly, Daisy Fells, Carolyn Naseby, Janet Fowler, Chris Stead, Gail Jordan, Judith Bainbridge, Amy Russell, Gregory Jagger, Kathy Kerr, Maxwell Laurie, Sarah Sawyer, Lorraine De-Guide, Jane Mardon, Judith Hamilton, Katie Christensen  
Musicians Jacob Herringman (lute), Alastair Fells (gyitar)