Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespearedirected by John Brewster
October 1961
The Civic Theatre
Leeds Civic Arts Guild

Leeds Arts Centre performed Much Ado About Nothing in October 1961.

This production was staged in conjunction with the Leeds Civic Arts Guild, which these days is known as the Leeds Community Arts Network.


Don Pedro, a PrinceVal Gallagher
Don John, his bastard brotherLen Sheldon
Claudio, a CountJohn Fisher
BenedickJohn Linstrum
Leonato, Governor of MessinaRay Spurgeon
Antonio, his brotherBrian Morton
BalthazarJohn Howdle
BorachioPeter Bullock
ConradeEdward Lakeland
Friar FrancisJohn Jones
DogberryJack Clark
VergesTerry Hawkin
SextonEric Parker
MessengerGerry Armytage
BeatriceJosephine Ward
HeroJanet Brown
UrsulaMonica Sheldon
MargaretElizabeth Brook
Lords, Ladies, Watch, etc.Richard Heaton
 Peter Ellis
 John Lawson
 Malcolm Wilson
 Clare Cheetham
 Sylvia Brayshay
 Betty Triggs
 Erica Burton
 Bertha Keightley

Backstage team

DirectorJohn Brewster
Stage ManagerArthur Brown
CostumesMargaret Shackleton
Decor and Set DesignedHazel Irving
Set Executed byNorman Rushton
Front of HouseNora Wrigglesworth
 Hazel Irving
Dances Arranged byJoyce Adcock

Archive documents

The following documents from the production are in the LAC archive.

Download: Programme
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We’re always looking to add to our archive of past productions – if you have any other memories of Much Ado About Nothing, we would be very pleased to hear from you.