Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Banton, Reece Whybro

The Spread Eagle Players presents the classic Shakespearean tale of young love, dueling wits and dastardly schemes. When Don Pedro and his band of men return to Messina, the young Count Claudio and Hero quickly plan to marry, whilst the sarcastic Benedick and Beatrice engage in verbal sparring matches. But will the young couple wed? Can Benedick and Beatrice be convinced that their quarrels are borne out of love not hate? And will Don Pedro's brother be successful in his plot to bring misery to all?

We are currently looking for people to crew this show. There are plenty of ways to get involved, whether that be with lighting, set, props, costume, make-up or something in-between. If you want to get involved, email us at

Tickets: £15.00 Adults / £10.00 Members / £11.00 Concessions

About Us

Spread Eagle Players

The Spread Eagle Players is a London-based amateur dramatics group which rehearses in Canary Wharf and performs at the Bridewell Theatre in Blackfriars. We do all that we can to maintain an ethos of high quality productions whilst making them accessible to all.

The group was started in 1889 as The Barclays Dramatic Society for members of Barclays Bank; the 'Spread Eagle' is in fact a reference to the spread eagle in Barclays Bank's old logo. These days, membership to the Spread Eagle Players is open to everyone over the age of 18, but the group still enjoys the support of the bank.



The Spread Eagle Players needs you! We are always looking for brand new members to help us out on the stage and off it.

Whether you've never set foot on the stage before, only dabbled in high school or are a professional, you are welcome in our group. We specialise in producing professional-looking shows whilst keeping everything relaxed and friendly. If you'd rather help out backstage, then there is a place for you in the Spreadies! If you love lighting, are sated by stage managing, delighted by directing or would perhaps be pleased with prompting, we have something for you.

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Much Ado About Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our next production, 'Much Ado About Nothing' are now well under way and we are working with an excellent cast, who are bringing both outstandingly comic and wonderfully dramatic performances to the rehearsal room. This really is a production not to be missed and tickets are on sale now. Book now to take advantage of our early bird offer!
Posted 14/04/18

All About Our Next Production

Rehearsals for our next production, "All About My Mother" are taking a small break over Christmas (C'mon, I'm not a monster!) and this truly exceptional cast have a well earned rest.

Please do support us by coming to see this incredible show in January. A panto of sorts - hundreds of scenes, loads of costume changes, men in dresses, some mildly lewd audience interaction.. Everything you would expect from the visionary mind of Pedro Almodovar and brought wonderfully to the stage by Samuel Adamson.

It's going to be emotional. 

17th - 20th January, Bridewell Theatre.
Posted 22/12/17


June 18

Saturday 23rd - 5:00 PM
Much Ado About Nothing

July 18

Tuesday 10th - 6:30 PM
Auditions for 'The Office Party'

October 18

Thursday 11th - 7:30 PM
The Office Party
Friday 12th - 7:30 PM
The Office Party
Saturday 13th - 5:00 PM
The Office Party

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