The Historic Powel House Hosts Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing In Its Lovely Garden, August 20-30

Powel House
The charming garden at the Powel House sets the stage for outdoor summer theater. (Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks)

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.


Much Ado About Nothing at The Powel House

When: August 20-30
Where: Powel House, 244 S. 3rd Street
Cost: $15

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