Much Ado About Shakespeare

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (yep, every single one) kicks off with Much Ado About Nothing at the Winspear

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (yep, every single one) kicks off with Much Ado About Nothing at the Winspear

It took William Shakespeare roughly 30 years (we think) to write his famous catalogue of plays and sonnets. Shakespeare Dallas and the AT&T Performing Arts Center are gearing up to perform every single one of them in only five years.

Titled “The Complete Works of Shakespeare,” the monthly staged readings will be considerably easier to digest than that boulder of a book you might have bought in college. Starting with Much Ado About Nothing on September 23-24, the two companies will work their way through each of the Bard’s works, from the The Taming of the Shrew’s feisty gender wars to the haunting Richard III.

Directed by local favorite René Moreno — who was honored earlier this month by the DFW Critics Forum for his work with Shakespeare Dallas’ Coriolanus — Much Ado romps its way through dual love stories peppered with hefty doses of gossip, trickery and verbal sparring. Starring a refreshing mix of regional actors, including past Forum honorees Max Swarner and Drew Wall (who also got a nod in the Dallas Observer’s Best of Dallas 2009), the inaugural show will be presented in the Nancy B. Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House. For 10 bucks you can reserve your seat, or you can chance it and pay what you wish at the door. Fair warning: There are only 200 seats for each performance.

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" begins in Dallas with "Much Ado About Nothing"
It will take five years to complete the works of William Shakespeare. Courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Dallas actor Max Swarner
Max Swarner will play Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing, the first of the works, which debuts September 23. Courtesy of Max Swarner/Twitter