Much Ado About Nothing Character Breakdown

Much Ado Roles

BENEDICK – Cast
Male – 25 to 50 yrs.
Professional soldier – a man’s man. Funny, cynical, likes a drink.

BEATRICE – Cast
Female – 25 to 45 yrs.
Entertainment Director at the resort. Witty, sharp-tongued, and deeply suspicious of men.

CLAUDIO
Male – 18 to 30yrs.
Professional soldier. Young, naive, and an optimist.

HERO
Female – 15 to 25yrs.
Leonato’s daughter. Sweet, gentle, but with a mischievous streak.

DON PEDRO
Male or Female – 30 to 55yrs.
Professional soldier. Witty, optimistic, and enjoys setting up complicated tricks.

DON JOHN
Male or Female – 20 to 50yrs.
Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother. Devious, scheming, Machiavellian.

LEONATO
Male or Female – 40 to 60 yrs.
Owner/operator of the resort. Capable business-person – likes everything to be just right, and has great attention to detail.

ANTONIO/A
Male or Female – 30 to 50 yrs.
Leonato’s brother/sister/older daughter. In charge of staff at the resort. Picky, pedantic, and time-obsessed.

MARGARET
Female – 20 to 35 yrs.
Bawdy, irreverent, and chief bar-wench. Loves a dirty joke.

URSULA
Female – 15 to 30 yrs.
Maid at the resort. Prim, proper, and almost OCD when it comes to cleanliness.

BALTHASAR
Male or Female – 15 to 55 yrs.
Freelance entertainer at the resort. Can be played as lounge singer (think Micahel Buble), piano player (think Billy Joel), DJ, or even rapper. Must be singer.

BORACHIO
Male or Female – 15 to 35 yrs.
Don John’s henchman. Scheming, wily, a great plotter – anxious to stay in Don John’s good books.

CONRAD
Male or Female – 15 to 35 yrs.
Don John’s henchman. Subservient, easily-led – more of a PA to Don John.

FRIAR FRANCIS
Male or Female (would double w/Conrad) – 18 to 45 yrs.
New-Age Priest – almost-hippie.

DOGBERRY
Male or Female – 15 to 55 yrs.
In charge of resort maintenance. Has lofty ambitions, believes he’s/she’s destined for great things – has unshakeable self-belief.

VERGES
Male or Female – 15 to 30 yrs.
Dogberry’s 2IC. Worships Dogberry and everything he/she says. A loveable idiot.

SEXTON
Female (would double w/Ursula) – 15 to 30 yrs.
Chief Gardener at the resort. Self-important, officious, pompous.

SEACOAL
Male or Female – 15 to 25 yrs.
Junior on Dogberry’s staff. Genuine grease-monkey, a rev-head.

OATCAKE
Male or Female – 15 to 25 yrs.
Junior on Dogberry’s staff. Interested in cars and girls, but would rather be surfing.

MESSENGER/BOY
Male or Female – 10 to 15 yrs.
Bellboy at the resort. Cheeky – has a bad habit of talking back to his elders.