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Shakespeare in Delaware Park starts tonight

Shakespeare in Delaware Park will kick off its 35th season tonight with the production of "Much Ado About Nothing" on Shakespeare Hill behind the Rose Garden.

In its 34 seasons, the outdoor Shakespeare festival has presented the Bard's comedy four times. This year, the production, directed by Saul Elkin, will run until July 11.

Since Shakespeare doesn’t specify a particular war in "Much Ado About Nothing," Elkin has placed his production in the 1940s after World War II, adding some of the romantic ballads of that period.

John Fredo and Lisa Ludwig are Benedick and Beatrice and the comic role of Dogberry will be played by Norm Sham. You can see the cast listing for this summer's productions here.

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Aaron Pitre acts as Caliban in last year's production of "Tempest" on June 19. (John Hickey / Buffalo News)

The event is free. Stage lights go up at 7:30. "Much Ado About Nothing" will not take place Friday, but will continue nightly until July 11, with the exception of Mondays and July 4.

--Lauren Nicole Mariacher

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