Scene from Theater-by-the-Grove's “Much Ado About Nothing”IUP's Theater-by-the-Grove will kick off its 2020-21 season with two live-streaming presentations of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Richard Kemp, the production will be presented on October 22 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets (unique streaming codes) will be available for purchase for live-streaming only. There will be no live audience for these performances.

The war is over, and a new life is beckoning. Returning soldiers are reunited with those who have been toiling at home. For Claudio, there's Hero—and they can't take their eyes off each other. Then there's Benedick and Beatrice, who can't resist trading barbs and insults. Their combative wit sparkles in Shakespeare's archetypal romantic comedy; but, the play also asks whether we can believe everything we see—particularly when malign forces are at work. Reimagined as a 1940's radio play, Theater-by-the-Grove's production will be live-streamed to comply with COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the events page of the Lively Arts website. Tickets are priced at $20 for group viewing, $10 for one person, and $7.50 for an IUP student. Access to purchase tickets (online streaming codes) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting the events page of our website and clicking on the link of your chosen performance. If you prefer, you may call the Ticket Hotline at 724-357-1313, M-F, noon-4:30 p.m. for assistance with purchasing streaming codes. No walk-up ticket sales will be available due to limited staffing and safety precautions. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.