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In Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare includes two uite different stories of romantic love Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight but an outsider Don John strikes out at their happiness Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to play Cupid


10 thoughts on “Much Ado About Nothing

  1. says:

    Much Ado About Nothing abridged CLAUDIO So um Hero I sorta maybe like you a whole lot will you go to the prom with me?HERO We should get married SueeeeeeeBEATRICE Pfft Love is for stupid losers who are stupid BENEDICK You know you might get laid often if you weren’t such a cynical bitch all the timeBEATRICE Fuck you BENEDICK Get in line sugartitsaudience is beaten over the head by sexual tensionDON PEDRO Hey everybody I had a great idea Let’s make Beatrice and Benedick fall in loveEVERYONE YAY MEDDLING PRINCE JOHN So I think I’m going to break up Claudio and HeroBORACHIO Really? That’s your dastardly scheme? How do we possibly benefit from that?PRINCE JOHN No see I don’t like Claudio because my half brother likes him and I hate my half brother sowait Okay so it’s actually a really pointless plan that only serves to create conflict But it’s the only way I get any good scenes in this thing so MISCHIEF AHOY BORACHIO AND CONRADE YAY BEATRICE Hey Benedick you still suck donkey balls BENEDICK I fart in your general direction Now go away or I shall taunt you a second timeBEATRICE I don't want to talk to you no you empty headed animal food trough wiper PRINCE JOHN So guess what Claudio? Your woman totally cheated on you I saw I was thereCLAUDIO OMG I HATE THAT WHORE DON PEDRO Despite the fact that he’s a bastard in all senses of the word and has no reason to be helping me or my friends I think we should believe John without proof or even asking Hero’s side of the story CLAUDIO Hero you’re a shameless whore and I hate your stupid face EVERYONE WTF? PRIEST Great job now Hero’s dead from sad CLAUDIO OMG I AM SO REMORSEFUL FORGIVE ME DEAD HEROHERO Pysche I’m really okayBEATRICE Luckily THIS time the priest’s idea to fake a girl’s death to solve all her problems actually worked instead of backfiring horribly BENEDICK Hey that’s pretty funny You know I guess you’re not that bad I think I love you and stuff BEATRICE Yeah I guess I kind of love you too ANTONIO Close enough Now off to kill Prince JohnEVERYONE YAY THE END


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    I don't think Much Ado ranks with Shakespeare's very best for three reasons 1 the plot is weak particularly the deception that moves things along during the first act why does Don Pedro choose to woo by proxy en masue? What is to be gained by it except delay and confusion? 2 Dogberry and Verges are second rate clowns and 3 Claudio in his readiness to believe ill of Hero is too unsympathetic a lover for a non problem comedy On the other hand whenever Beatrice and Benedict are sparring which is much of the play Much Ado is eual to anything Shakespeare had written up to this point At last he has learned how to take the euphuistic preciousness of Love's Labor's Lost's dialogue preserve all its wit and courtly delicacy and combine it in casual idiomatic speech full of character naturalness and humor Later in the play when the plot turns serious and Beatrice demands of Benedick Claudio's death both she and Benedick embark on a journey toward growing wisdom and deeper love that makes the ending of the play very moving as well as formally complete


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    Hey nonny nonny whatever that means WilliamThis is one that I've read before but I thought it would be cool to listen to the full cast audiobookDefinitely worth itJust rewatched the 1993 movie which is also worth it but for a different reason Keanu Reeves Shakespeare Unintentionally HilariousAlright This is one of those stories that hold up stands the test of time and is still generally enjoyable And it's from the late 1500s early 1600s right?Now I know I can occasionally come across as an uneducated peasant who doesn't like classic literature But the truth is that while I am an uneducated peasant it's just that I don't like boring classic literature This wasn't boringIt was funny and weird and crazy and a whole lotta sexistBasically top notch entertainment16th century style So the gist is that there are two couples Hero Claudio loving on each other and Beatrice Benedick hate loving on each other who need a little help from their friends when it comes to making it down the aisleNow Hero Claudio are the obvious cutsie couple because true loveBut Beatrice Benedick are the ones that everyone is really rooting for because instead of mooning over each other with gross puppy dog eyes they're hissing and spitting and wishing for itchy STDs to overtake their respective nemesisThey're the fun couple But it's Claudo who asks for Hero's hand in marriage Well technically it's Don Pedro who wears a mask and asks for Hero's hand in marriage for Claudio There's really no explanation for that except as a plot device to show that Don Jon likes to lie and cause trouble He rather easily convinces a rather stupid Claudio that Don Pedro has stolen Hero for himself pay attention because this becomes a pattern of behavior that nobody seems to notice when it countsIt uickly works itself out mostly because Claudio believes anything that comes out of anyone's mouth to be 100% truth But fortunately for him Don Pedro was actually securing Hero's love and her father's permissionLet's PartyBut first Let's try and get Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love They obviously hate each other so it'll be really funny guysThe gals fake a loud conversation within earshot of Beatrice that revolves around Benedick's passionate love for her and the guys fake an eually loud conversation near Benedick that informs him of how heartsick she is over himAnd we all know there's a fine line between love and hate so Hilarity ensues as these two clumsily flap around trying to figure out their feelings ultimately deciding that they must have been in love all alongLet the wooing commence The end right?Well noOf course none of the rest of this story would be possible if Don Pedro's douchebag brother Don Jon wasn't a cackling villain hell bent on villainy for the sake of villain ing Sooo evil And how does he accomplish his goal?By faking the loss of Hero's virginity Because nothing is important than an intact maidenhead on your wedding day Oh I know they say true love conuers all but not even Claudio's true love for Hero can survive Don Jon's poorly lit peep show complete with a woman who kinda sorta resembles his lady love I mean who wouldn't believe that? Claudio certainly can't be blamed for jumping the gun amirite?But at least he didn't overreactOk and maybe this kind of horrible treatment makes you hope that Hero tells Claudio to go fuck himself once it's proven that she's still a blushing maiden AlasnoBut I do think Willy was trying to do a good thing by pointing out how easy it would be for someone without scruples to ruin a woman back in the day So It's somethingAnywayThen there's a convoluted we'll pretend she's dead that'll show him plot to make Claudio realize he's an ass which made me realize RomComs really haven't progressed much in the past 500 years It's the classic misunderstanding that breaks up the happy couple trope Which is kind of amazing when you think about it 500 years If it ain't broke don't fix it another classic line from Shakespeare Shhh Trust me Joking aside I've always thought Beatrice's If I were a man I'd kill him speech was in eual parts awesome and sad Sad that she thought she couldn't stab him with the pointy end girl and awesome that it showed the level of rage that accompanied the frustration of feeling impotent because of your sexBenedick wisely sides with Beatrice agrees to kill Claudio Nothing comes of this other than to let the audience know that Benedick knows which side his bread is buttered onBut before anything Romeo Juliet ish can happen a sheriff with special needs accidentally uncovers Don Jon's nefarious plot and Hero is forgiven for being accused of slutty behaviorBUT not before Hero's dad makes Claudio marry Hero's cousin who no one has seen up until now AND who looks a helluva lot like Hero as punishment for maligning his baby girlwink wink Keep in mind Hero's father Leonato initially believed Claudio's accusation and told his daughter he wished she were dead Because you'd rather have a dead daughter than one who had been willingly defiledObviously Pish posh I say Everything works out in the end as everyone hugs it out and gets their Happily Ever After This is by far my favorite play by Shakespeare I mean the guy has had a few hits over the years but this one makes me smile the most If you get a chance to listen to the full cast audiobook do it


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    Let's face it there aren't too many of Shakespeare's females who kick ass Yes we all can name the four or five that don't uite suck Kat Portia Viola Emilia etc but good strong feminine characters were not it seems the bard's strong suit So as you wade through the whiny conniving helpless throngs of man worshipping wenches that appear in nearly all Shakespeare plays it can be tempting to just give up looking for redemption But alas it is this lack of strong feminine voice that makes the discovery of a truly awesome character like Much Ado About Nothing 's Beatrice that much thrilling Beatrice is without a doubt my favorite of all Shakespeare's women She is smart sardonic and fierce And while many chide her for her decision to marry a decision that some argue nullifies any feminist credit she may have accumulated throughout the play I take issue with the idea that a woman must choose between love and identity How sad to think that to be a strong woman one must live her life utterly alone so as not to let a man infringe on her sense of self Married or not Beatrice definitely meets my reuirements for a kick ass female


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    ‎Much ado about nothing a comedy William‬ ‎Shakespeare 1564 1616Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599 as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career The play was included in the First Folio published in 1623 By means of noting which in Shakespeare's day sounded similar to nothing as in the play's title and which means gossip rumour and overhearing Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful At the end Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couplesCharactersA boy Hero Ursula Antonio Don Pedro Beatrice Claudio Benedick Don John Leonato Dogberry Friar Francis Verges Magaret Balthazar Borachio Conrade A Sexton The Watch InnogenAbstractThe action is set in Sicily where Don Pedro Prince of Aragon has recently defeated his half brother the bastard Don John in a military engagement Apparently reconciled they return to the capital Messina as guests of the Governor Leonato There Count Claudio a young nobleman serving in Don Pedro's army falls in love with Hero Leonato's daughter whom Don Pedro woos on his behalf The play's central plot shows how Don John maliciously deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has taken a lover on the eve of her marriage causing Claudio to repudiate her publicly at the altarتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز چهارم ماه ژانویه سال 1972 میلادی‏عنوان ه‍ی‍اه‍وی‌ ب‍س‍ی‍ار ب‍رای‌ ه‍ی‍چ‌، ک‍م‍دی‌ در دو ب‍خ‍ش‌؛ ت‍رج‍م‍ه‌ و ت‍ن‍ظی‍م‌ ع‍ب‍دال‍ح‍س‍ی‍ن‌ ن‍وش‍ی‍ن‌، نشر ک‍ت‍اب‍خ‍ان‍ه‌ ای‍ران‌، 1329، در 128 ص‌؛يادداشت ب‍ا ت‍رج‍م‍ه‌ خانم ف‍ری‍ده‌ م‍ه‍دوی‌ دام‍غ‍ان‍ی‌ نیز ت‍وس‍ط ان‍ت‍ش‍ارات‌ ت‍ی‍ر، در س‍ال‌ 1378 و در 114 ص چ‍اپ‌ ش‍ده‌ اس‍ت‌دون پدرو، شاهزاده ی خوشنام و حاکم آراگون، پس از درگیری‌های تقریباً بدون خونریزی، با برادرخوانده‌ اش دون ژوآن، همراه او به مسینا می‌آید، تا چند روزی را میهمان عالیجناب لئوناتو، حکمران آن دوک نشین ساحلی باشند این نمایش در پنج پرده تدوین شده، و دارای شانزده شخصیت، و تعدادی سیاهی لشکر است شخصیت‌های اصلی نمایشنامه عبارت اند از دون پدرو شاهزاده خوش مشرب آراگون؛ دون ژوآن برادر ساکت، شوم، فتنه انگیز و حرام زاده ی دون پدرو لئوناتو ریش سفید جمع، فرماندار مسینا کلودیو رجل اعیانزاده فلورانسی، مسیو عشق، در خدمت دون پدرو هِرو دختر ریزنقش لئوناتو، همنام هِرو دختر زئوس پادشاه خدایان آتن بندیک؛ بئاتریس؛ بوراکیو؛ کنراد؛ مارگارت؛ اورسولا؛ داگبری؛ ورجس؛ آنتونیو؛ بالتازار؛ کشیش فرانسیس؛ مستخدمان، قاصدان، خادم کلیسا، قبرکن، نگهبانان ا شربیانی


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    Don Pedro Prince of Aragon in Spain is coming to Messina the capital of Sicily for a little RR just having defeated his treacherous half brother in battle with few casualties nobody important Don John the Bastard they are now reconciled again His army needs it Rest and Relaxation the governor of that city is his good longtime friend Leonato The time is unstated but Aragon ruled that island in the 15th century Count Claudio who gained glory in battle in the Prince's army and a favorite of his royal boss meets Hero lovely daughter of Leonato No need to say they fall madly in love and are soon engaged Claudio best friend is Benedick another noble soldier Hero has a cousin named Beatrice the other two don't love each other uite the reverse The sharp tongued with wit Beatrice is known for causing her suitors to uietly go into the night meekly dejectedly and afraid The battle of words between these people Beatrice and Benedick are electrifying put downs name calling venomous insults anything goes they fly like trailers in a tornado Don John hates his half brother Don Pedro is jealous of his power and position will always try to embarrass him if he can't usurp the Prince So Don John his men Borachio and Conrade conspire to wreck the marriage of Don Pedro's friend Claudio The Prince's brother is a petty man and arranges with Don Pedro Claudio and himself to view the apparent infidelity of Hero the three secretly watching below her window at night with the recognized Borachio in plain sight but is the daughter of Leonato there ? All is ruined the distraught Claudio breaks the engagement at the altar with angry accusations Hero faints dead away Her father Leonato and his brother Antonio are humiliated shamed and later on very enraged these ancient gentlemen want revenge family honor demands it But what can they do ? In another strange turn of events with the help of the Prince and a masuerade ball Beatrice and Benedick unknowingly dance together soon after start to really like each other And the villains Borachio and Conrade are shortly arrested by the night watchmen of the city overhearing them talking about some interesting secrets information that is vital to many people Brought to their leaders Dogberry the chief and his deputy Verges both speak a kind of language that only they can understand their words mean exactly the opposite of what is said Dogberry says to his men about the criminals Come take away the plaintiffs and Don't you suspect my office ? The clownish kindhearted old men have seen better days will these friends be able to find out the crimes of Don John before it is too late? Shakespeare the greatest writer who ever lived has another superb play one of many in his illustrious and uneualed career


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    here I am reviewing this play exactly 420 years since it came out it's what Beatrice and Benedick would've wantedSo the thing is This is in all honesty the play that got me into Shakespeare I saw that Kenneth Branagh Emma Thompson movie of it when I was maybe eight years old and I loved it so much although I will point out that no adaptation has really understood the vibe of these characters so well as the David Tennant Catherine Tate edition and so that's why you can hate on this play for making me so obnoxious all the time I am however still particularly obnoxious about this specific play This is a Shakespearean comedy that essentially has the central message respecting women is the only true way to be a romantic hero and also is still hysterically funny and also contains Unbearable Tenderness™️ and for that we have to stan“O God that I were a man I would eat his heart in the marketplace” is absolutely one of the most fucking hardcore lines in any Shakespeare play and had impact on me than the entire Star Wars franchise It's a line that is powerful because it feels out of place it is shockingly violent impossible not to deliver with a snarl — uite literally — and perhaps most importantly it is an uncriticized line said by a woman in a play written in 1598 Everything Beatrice says in this play Fucks Beatrice invented feminism and made me the dyke I am today At one point Beatrice accuses Benedick of having lost four of his five brain cells which hilariously means that Shakespeare was the original creator of the last brain cell meme The plotline of this play is just Beatrice roasting everyone around her especially Benedick and it's wonderful Must movies be good is it not enough to see Beatrice roasting everyone in the dark huge The other plotline of this play is that misogyny is awful and ruins your lifeI'm not kidding From this one Much Ado About Nothing analysis I think about a lot Don John is not the true villain of this play; he is merely an agent The real villain of Much Ado About Nothing is the culture of misogyny in Messina This play begins and ends with the men assuming their wives are about to sleep around on them Leonato jokes about his own wife doing so; Claudio allows this assumption to cloud his judgement; even Benedick jokes to this effect So as soon as any implication of Hero's infidelity is made rather than ask or confront or find alibis Claudio assumes the worst that she has slept with another man the night before their wedding The captain of the guard agrees with him; her father when he hears this goes along with it as well Benedick is the only male character in the play including Hero's literal father who defends Hero in any way from the false accusations The romantic lead to Beatrice a character who we have earlier seen making misogyny tinged jokes to get a rise out of her is the only man who believes a woman But from that same analysis “Kill Claudio” is less a demand that Benedick murder his friend and a plea that he break with the toxic culture of male camaraderie And Benedick agrees In the midst of a play saturated with jokes about women’s volubility and defined by the rejection of a supposedly unfaithful woman he then makes the monumental decision to trust Beatrice He listens to her when she grieves and finally asks her a single uestion “Think you in your soul that Count Claudio hath wronged Hero?” When she replies in the affirmative her word is all the proof he needs to part with the prince and challenge his best friend Benedick's relevance as a romantic hero is proven narratively by the fact that he believes Hero when she says she hasn't been unfaithful and believes Beatrice He sees the wrong that has been done to the women around him and he steps away from it So can we talk about tenderness? It's time to talk about tendernessFirst of all Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is absolutely the ultimate romantic comedy and other romantic comedies can't fucking compare ➽the first line that Beatrice says to Benedick is not even joking “I wonder that you will still be talking Signior Benedick nobody marks you”➽he's like “why Beatrice I thought you'd be dead by now”➽Beatrice gets her revenge by calling Benedick a dull court jester in disguise➽I mean if any girl ever roasted me that hard I too would risk it all➽everyone in the show is like “wow they keep roasting each other you know what's a good idea? make them think the other one is in love with them”➽of course this works➽they each hide very badly as other people talk around them and if your show does not play with the physical comedy of this it is weak and will not survive the winter➽seriously one time i saw one where Benedick hid behind a plant and kept walking around Catherine Tate dangled from a hook and David Tennant got flour all over his superman tshirt for this➽they get Benedick first and then Beatrice shows up to invite him to dinner and is like “i've come against my will to summon you to dinner” and he's like “there's a double meaning in that”➽you think I'm joking but no act two scene three line 260 fucking says hiAnd that's just the comedy part I haven't even started talking about tenderness yet And Benedick love on; I will reuite thee This line from Beatrice's not uite solilouy after hearing Benedick is in love with her is so fucking gorgeous and I think about it all the time and I can't even uite explain why but the notion of telling someone to keep loving you because you plan to reuite it immediately? Tender I do love nothing in the world so well as you Is not that strange? ladies imagine this it's the 1590s and your cousin's fiance accuses her of infidelity at the altar everyone including her father abandons her except for your crush who you hated until one 1 day ago he tries to protect your cousin and then also professes his love to you you ask said crush who happens to be the fiance's best friend to challenge him he knows she didn't deserve that and he loves you and so he does so as well as resigning from the famous soldier's company he's a part of and then he writes a love sonnet to you and also shaves his beard and also plans a marriage proposal Tarry good Beatrice By this hand I love thee Hands I will live in thy heart die in thy lap and be buried in thy eyes—and over I will go with thee to thy uncle's Like this line is objectively really funny because Beatrice is just talking about going with Benedick to have a conversation with her uncle and he’s being an overdramatic bitch again and also it's partially a sex joke but the other thing is that this line is so unbearably tender imagine you ask someone to go with you to your uncle’s and they seriously tell you not only do they want to do that but they also want to die in your lap and be buried in your eyes sort of in a joking tone but also completely meaning it i cant think about that too long or ill absolutely go insaneThey literally fall in love based on a practical joke but they genuinely love each other because they respect each other and each other's wit the romantic heroine keeps threatening men with death and the the romantic hero drinks respecting women juice and also thinks being insulted is hot Romeo and Juliet could never god i want LOVE YES my love for this play is partly to do with my deep nostalgia No I do not care And yes the ending to the Claudio storyline is expected — Winter's Tale and All's Well That End's Well say hi they want their plots back — but I think this play genuinely had something very important to say something that is arguably still relevant And it's also so wonderfully romantic Every time I think about this play I kind of want to cryIf you would like to go feral for 3 hours straight I would like to direct you to the David Tennant Catherine Tate version of this show available free for your viewing pleasure on Youtube This show is absolutely wonderful at all times but I think this particular version is fairly accessible even to those with no Shakespeare knowledge Highlights include➽Benedick riding in on a golf cart➽the fact that during the disguised at the party scene Beatrice is wearing a suit and Benedick is wearing a jean skirt women's shirt and tights➽that scene in which Benedick is laughing at his friends for playing music and starts sarcastically doing pirrouettes➽the ensuing scene in which he accidentally sticks his hand in flour but then is so shook by someone actually liking him that he rubs it all over his face and shirt and somehow makes it look natural➽that part where Benedick drinks alcohol using a crazy straw➽the entire xylophone joke➽the scene in which they confess their love and they both start laughing really hard and dancing around the room and it's really funny but also so fucking tender i havent stopped thinking about how much i love thatI love this play This is my all time favorite play and I care so much I'm so glad it's still as good as I rememberedBlog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |


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    Much Ado about Nothing written in 1598 interweaves the story of two couples The interesting and definitely amusing one is Benedick and Beatrice who apparently have a rocky romance in their past historyBut now they devote all of their energy in their interactions to insulting each other as wittily as possible each trying to one up the otherBeatrice wins most of the time The other romance is between Claudio a count and military friend of Benedick's and Beatrice's cousin Hero a wealthy heiressClaudio comes home from war takes a look at Hero and all of her huge tracts of land actually they’re her father’s but will be Hero’s at some point decides he's in love makes sure she's her father's only child and heir and then lets his commander the Prince of Aragon Don Pedro propose to Hero on his behalf It's an odd thing but then most of Hero's and Claudio's relationship plays out in an oddly public manner So when Don Pedro's jealous and mean spirited brother Don John decides to torpedo their romance just because it goes south in an eually public wayBut meanwhile all of Beatrice and Benedick's friends have decided that the war of wits between them is hiding deeper feelings and in one of the funnier plot developments decide to trick both of them into thinking the other loves them but will never speak of it because they're too hard hearted When things go horribly off the rails between Hero and Claudio Benedick has a choice to make his old world of his male buddies or his newly discovered love for BeatriceThere's a lot of humor in this play much of it very risué if you know Elizabethan idioms But as is typical of Shakespeare about half of it went over my head except where I took the time to read the explanatory footnotes in my Riverside Shakespeare volume one of those books that I would want on my hypothetical desert island if I were stuck there alone for years Dogberry the constable who inadvertently discovers the plot against Hero but doesn't uite know what to do about it is one of the highlights with his constant use of the wrong but almost right word delightfully and obliviously butchering the English languageDeception is a running theme Don John's deception of Claudio and Don Pedro everyone's deception of Benedick and Beatrice Hero's father's deception of Claudio and Don Pedro at the end even Benedick and Beatrice hiding their true feelingsI highly recommend the delightful 1993 film version of this play starring the wonderful Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson at their best as well as Denzel Washington as Don Pedro Michael Keaton as the hapless Dogberry Keanu Reeves as the evil Don John Robert Sean Leonard as Claudio and a lovely young Kate Beckinsale as Hero in her film debut


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    I am probably the last person in the whole history of the world to get it but just in case there's someone else left it occurred to me yesterday that the title of this play had to be a rude pun Five minutes on Google was enough to confirm my suspicions From this pageIn Shakespeare's time nothing was a euphemism for a woman's naughty bits This gave the title three different yet eually appropriate meanings as the main conflict over the play revolves around the false implication of Hero losing her virginity to another man while engaged to Claudio Therefore it is Much Ado about Nothing as nothing was really going on Much Ado about Noting as it's concerned with the views the characters have of each others' moral fiber how they note each other and Much Ado about Nothing as it was concerned with Hero's own naughty bitsher virginityThe Terry Pratchett uote at the top is also rather fineMind you the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is uite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of themWith the help of a good online Shakespearian dictionary I have been carrying out some experiments and I'm afraid he's right I have decided to remain mute for the rest of the morning to be on the safe side


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    I saw an absolutely brilliant version of this play today at Shakespeare’s Globe in London It was Mexican themed full of dancing gunshots high racing emotions and many moments of farcical humour All in all it was a great production of an imperfect play If I’m ever critical of Shakespeare’s works it’s because I know how excellent Shakespeare can be The Tempest is one of the best things ever written in the English language Similarly Richard II is pure poetry beautiful and powerful but it is so unimpressive on the stage At least I’ve never seen a decent live version of it There’s not much room for spectacle in the play But here’s the tricky thing about Shakespeare some of his plays are excellent to read and some of them are not Some are perfect stage pieces but boring on the page Some manage to succeed in both realms but not many Much Ado About Nothing is a play that is meant to be performed Like Twelfth Night and all the comedies the real genius of the writing does not come through until it is seen in action Much Ado About Nothing has a simple plot and it’s built around two central characters Beatrix and Benedict Everybody else involved are mere plot devices crafted by Shakespeare Hero Claudio and Don Pedro though playing major parts in the action don’t really have much in the way of personality or inner conflict They are simply there to play off the two central characters against each other and play each other they most certainly do A relationship built on mutual hate sounds like an odd concept but an apt one Both Beatrix and Benedict have sworn never to marry so when they finally stumble across their counterparts they are annoyed and in absolute denial about their own feelingsIt’s easy for the audience to spot such a thing and seeing the characters slowly realise it is wonderful to behold It leads to many brilliant comedy moments moments the version I watched was very uick to capitalise on It was mischievous witty and a very good piece of fun The entire cast nailed it Again this is a play that really needs to be seen If you find yourself in London this summer I certainly recommend going to watch it If not you could always try the DVD when it is eventually released if you’re really keen