With a unique slant, Artefact Theatre Co.’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing translates the traditional romantic comedy text into a love letter to Melbourne, peppered with an ounce of social commentary. Set in high-society Fitzroy, we watch local MP, Leonato (Francis Greenslade), give his only daughter away to a youthful soldier, recently back from war. But a case of mistaken identity throws a spanner in the works leaving fidelity, love and honour hanging in the balance.

Whether you’re keen to be in the thick of the action, lounging picnic-style on the lush cushions lining the playing space (Groundling), or you’d prefer a traditional seated theatre experience (Standard), Much Ado About Nothing is a show not to be missed.