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Like Love's Labours Lost, Much Ado about Nothing shows Shakespeare moving into a more complex and darker terrain through his exploration of an apparently harmless comical romance. The play revolves around the adventures of the two gallants Claudio and Benedick at the court of Sicily. Claudio falls in love with the governor's daughter Hero, and is eager for his more misanthropic friend Benedick to also find love. Benedick is introduced to the fiery, independent Beatrice, and sparks soon fly as they banter with each other in a more wittier version of Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Beatrice has some wonderful ripostes to marriage asking why should a woman marry "a clod of wayward marl", whilst Benedick grumbles that "She speaks poniards and every word stabs". Meanwhile, the jealous Don John convinces Claudio that Hero has in fact been unfaithful to him. When Claudio rejects Hero on their wedding day, she faints and is taken for dead. In the hectic final scenes the play moves towards reconciliation between Claudio and Hero, and the tentative admission of the love between Benedick and Beatrice. Famously filmed by Kenneth Branagh in the Tuscan countryside with a cast that included Keanu Reeves, Much Ado about Nothing remains one of Shakespeare's most successful comedies. --Jerry Brotton. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A quite wonderful idea... So blindingly obvious, I can't understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself" Peter Hall" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Great quality, Folger Edition is perfect for students. I recommend this play for anyone who wants to read Shakespeare.Published 4 months ago by Gabby V
I love this play. It's quick, witty, with serious undertones.Published 5 months ago by Agnieszka Marszalek
I was a Librarian and had high school students coming in and complaining they couldn't understand or relate to the books...With these now they can!!Published 17 months ago by Laurie
If you have trouble with Shakespearean English...this is for you...One side original text and the other is Plain Olde Moderne English...perfect!Published on June 18 2012 by S A Warrington
A man and a woman meet. They outwardly seem to despise each other (or at least find each other annoying), but we know that deep down they're in love and just need a jolt to realize... Read morePublished on May 29 2010 by E. A Solinas
Not really sure what to rate this...I don't like the play, but the performance is outstanding (just the other way around from Arkangel's 'Twelfth Night'). Read morePublished on March 9 2010
I'm an 8th grade student and most books we get assigned to read in school are very boring and confusing classics but this book was enjoyable and funny, our assignment was to... Read morePublished on March 19 2006
There are better translations out there. I would probably choose something else. This is readable, but it lacks the oomph that this play needs.Published on March 3 2004 by Bethanie Frank