There’s Much Ado about Shakespeare in Wandle Park this week

CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – stages its third annual outdoor production in Wandle Park as part of the Croydon Comedy Festival this week, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, with performances from Wednesday July 27 to Saturday July 30.

Beatrice and Benedick are old flames, but constantly arguing with a “merry war of wit” between them; Hero meets Claudio, and it’s love at first sight. But when their friends try to trick the couples into falling in love, the prince’s evil brother starts spreading rumours… Will Hero and Claudio’s wedding be under threat? Will Beatrice and Benedick ever get together?

This romantic comedy is suitable for all ages. This sparkling production is the ideal treat for a summer’s evening – with seating provided. The production is directed by David Sanders and assisted by Liam Fretwell, and stars Paul Grace as Benedick, Sarah H Gordon as Beatrice, Owen Moore as Claudio and Anna Howard as Hero.

Rehearsals are done, CODA are line perfect for this week's performances of Much Ado in Wandle Park

Rehearsals are done, CODA are line perfect for this week’s performances of Much Ado in Wandle Park

Wandle Park is among the oldest public open spaces in Croydon. Originally opening in 1890, the park was re-opened in November 2012 following a multi-million pound redevelopment, which enabled extensive restoration work to uncover the course of the River Wandle, and provide new facilities, including sprucing up the bandstand, where the CODA performance will be staged.

CODA was founded in 1943, and is Croydon’s leading community theatre company, performing both musicals and plays, to a high standard.

In the last few years, CODA has performed acclaimed versions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fame the Musical, West Side Story, The Railway Children, The Wind In The Willows and Witness For The Prosecution, alongside concerts and Old Time Music Halls.

Over the last two years, CODA has presented summer productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest outdoors in Wandle Park, and the company is delighted to be asked back to perform again.

Much Ado About Nothing‘s evening performances begin at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for concessions, and may be booked by calling the CODA box office on 07858 879019, or online at


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