Beatrice and Benedick, Benedick and Beatrice.
Shakespeare’s famously combative fictitious couple works their charm in the garden of historic Powel House for a series of alfresco theater performances Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 30.
The former home of a Revolutionary-era mayor of Philadelphia, the elegant Colonial mansion recently celebrated its 250th birthday.
Once the home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple, this mansion simply drips charm. As friends of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and George Washington, the Powels entertained in style, and the house shows it.
It’s a fitting setting for resident theatrical players The Mechanical Theater and its latest production, Much Ado about Nothing.
For seven performances, a talented cast of local actors present Shakespeare’s moving story of love in a time of war — and war in the form of love — to the backdrop of a beautiful Society Hill garden. Romance, witty repartee and pretty flowers: it’s a date night fit for a great poet.
Playing Thursdays through Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. (except Saturday, August 29) and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets run just $15 and can be purchased online.
In case of rain, performances move inside the historic home.