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Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare

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When Leonato, the Governor of Messina welcomes the return of Don Pedro and his companions Benedick, Claudio and Don John, the stage is set for the best of Shakespearean mischief: Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero, Don John tries to wreck the scene, and Benedick and Beatrice - in their usual verbal sparring - don't know what's coming.

In a series of comic and tragic events, couples find love, love loses couples, love finds lovers and lovers will prevail. Confused? You ain't seen nothing yet!

"Much Ado About Nothing" is one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies, and this fresh take on it promises to be a riot not to be missed!

Performances Tuesday-Saturday from February 23 - March 11, 2017

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts December 17, 2016

Theater Spielraum

Kaiserstraße 44-46
1070 Wien

Public Transport

U6 Burggasse-Stadthalle
Trams 5 & 49

Cast

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Benedick / Third Watchman
Robert G. Neumayr

Robert studied musical theatre at 'Performing Arts Studios Vienna'. He's been working in the performing arts for more than ten years now. After graduating engagements have taken him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana.

Favourite parts have included Charlie Brown in “Charlie Brown”, The Eldest Magician in “Just So”, The Bullfrog in “Honk!”, The Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland”, Oliver Hardy in “Laurel & Hardy”, Clown in “A Winter's Tale” and Nick Bottom in “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. He's been working as an author and director for the past few years, and credits include "A Christmas Carol", "The Timekeepers", "The Turn of the Screw" and "Hypnosis".

Robert is Open House Theatre's Artistic Director and to keep the balance he's also a freelance programmer under the label „icatcher.at“

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Beatrice / Dogberry
Kudra Owens

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Hero / Conrad
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

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Claudio / First Watchman
Tom Middler

Tom's training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro finished in 2010, and he graduated from the University of Wales in 2011, before having a successful run in "A Rotten Little Story" at the Edinburgh Festival. His next role was Jeremy, in the BBC2 film Little Man, before heading to Austria to play Jason in "Disconnected", and later Hyde in "Jekyll's Potion" (Vienna's English Theatre).

Back in the UK Tom's credits include Christopher Morcom in the premiere of "To Kill A Machine", Ensemble in a Welsh language production of "Miss Julie" and Prince Charming in "Cinderella". Tom's has also played several Shakespearian roles, including Cassio in Othello (Swansea Grand Theatre), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tour) and Duke of Clarence/Lord Rivers/Lady Anne/Catesby in an all male Richard III (UK Tour). He has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Tom is Open House's Social Media Representative, as well as a company's ensemble member.

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Don John / Verges / Gentlewoman
Nicola Ségur-Cabanac

Nicola was born in New York and did her best to retain her bilingual nature despite the family's move to Austria. She was first introduced to the stage at the age of nine, playing in a local children's theatre group. After getting the chance to be on stage for a production in the Landestheater Linz she gave in to the call of the stage and graduated from Vienna's SunriseStudios für Schauspiel, Tanz und Gesang in 2015.

Her debut in the English language saw her as Hattie in "Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star", other performances include the musical "Nine", Ballet Days Wien and "Ein Schritt Weiter" in Linz.

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Borachio / Gentlewoman
Helena Scheuba

Helena Scheuba trained as an actress in Vienna and in London at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During her time in London she was part of the Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and performed with them in „The House of Bernarda Alba“ and „Can’t Stay Away“ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In Vienna, Helena has been working as an actress, director and translator at Theater in der Josefstadt, Rabenhof Theater, the Globe Wien, and several others. Past productions include: „Cabaret“, „Lucky Stiff“, „I Hired a Contract Killer“, „Accidental Death of an Anarchist“, „Don Quijote & Sancho Pansa“ and „The Hunchback of Notre Dame“. She also appeared on Austrian television in „Tatort“ and „Wir sind Kaiser“.

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Don Pedro / Scond Watchman
Kevin Perry

Kevin was born in Chichester, England. At the age of 16 he began his professional education with a scholarship on a 3 year Diploma course in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts, London. During his education Kevin began to gain professional experience working for Qdos Entertainment in pantomimes across Britain (Alban Arena, St Albans; New Victoria Theatre, Woking; Kings Theatre, Edinburgh).

Upon graduating Kevin was offered a role in the Original German production of the smash-hit musical "We Will Rock You" (Musical Dome, Cologne) and again later in Vienna (Raimund Theater). Other Austrian Credits include Swing in "Tanz der Vampire" (Ronacher Theater, Vienna), Diesel in "West Side Story" (Stadttheater Klagenfurt), Polyhymnia in "Xanadu" (Stadttheater Baden) and Joe Vegas in "Fame" (Opernhaus Graz). Kevin has also performed in many other productions across Europe including "West End Laine" (Aldwych Theatre, London), the UEFA Euro 2008 Final (Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna) and as choreographer for the ORF series "Voll stark".

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Leonato / Sexton
Owen Lindsay

Born in Ireland but raised in New Zealand, Owen obtained a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Auckland University and later an MA in Classical Acting from Drama Centre London. Only recently arrived in Vienna, he as worked in theatre, film and television in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Previous credits include "King Lear" (Royal National Theatre, London), "1984" (Selladoor Theatre, UK National Tour), "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" (St. David's Hall, Cardiff), "Daniel Deronda" (Gatehouse Theatre, London), "Wozzeck" (Daguerrotype Theatre, Dublin), "Othello" (Venue Theatre, Ratouth), "Ellis Island" (Millenium Theatre, Limerick), "Spring Awakening" (Musgrove Theatre, Auckland), and "Romeo and Juliet" (Archipela Productions, Auckland).

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Margareet / Messenger / Boy / Friar Francis
Christine Thorne

Christine trained as an actress at La Compagnie Maritime in Montpellier. She holds a BA in English and French and a French Master's Degree in Theatre Studies. Christine was a member of the Youth Ensemble at Theater im e.novum, Lüneburg, for 8 years. Some of her favourite productions were: “Peer Gynt”, “Yvonne die Burgunderprinzessin”, and “Baal”.

Since moving to Vienna in 2013 and joining Open House Theatre, Christine's credits include: Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Margaret in Much Ado about Nothing, as well as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, Lily in Lily in Fairytale Land, and Dick in Dick Whittington and his Cat. She also worked behind the scenes as an assistant director for A Christmas Carol, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and An Evening Of(f), and is Open House Theatre's Social Media Assistant.



Creative Team

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Direction & Adaptation
Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.

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Assistant Director
Linda Starodub

After a globe-trotting UN career, Linda opted to remain in Vienna. She was delighted to discover a way to fuel her passion for all things theatre, by assisting in a various ways during rehearsals of OHT productions. She previously contributed, on stage and off, to amateur theatre in her native Toronto, and during her UN assignments in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, New York and Bonn.

She has earlier assisted with Open House Theatre’s four productions of "A Christmas Carol", as well as the company’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Romeo and Juliet", "An Evening Of(f)...", "Hedda", and "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Costume Design
Emma Downey

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Costume Seamstress
Jennifer Kobb

Jennifer discovered her love for theatre at university and soon realized she could best put her skills to use backstage. She began her professional career as a Stitcher and Wardrobe Assistant at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked on a wide variety of shows including “A Christmas Carol,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and “Hamlet.” During that time, she was also asked to bring her talents to several shows produced by Brown University. She later worked as a Draper and Stitcher at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, on productions such as “Dreamgirls,” “Xanadu,” and “God of Carnage.”

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Technician
Gabriel Geber