In Much Ado, the clarity of radio allows the wonderful verbal sparring between Beatrice and Benedick to sparkle as high comedy and melodrama mix magically in a combination of prose and verse.
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This is a fun production of "Much Ado", with some lively and enjoyably performances, especially from Tennant and Spiro as Beatrice and Benedick. The text is cut a bit, but not to an extent that it will disturb non-purists.
I would love to, but the play gets modified by the performers.
The performance cuts out significant portions of the play. There are also several places where an actor changes a line or word order. It really takes away from the play. Also, Don John speaks too, too softly to even be heard. What's the point?
I am not overly fond of Shakespeare; I am not a connoisseur nor a fan of his works. However, David Tennant's performance of Benedick is exquisite. That being said, I could probably listen to David read the phone book and be overcome with emotion. Fangirl? Yeah, maybe....just a tiny bit. This version of "Much Ado About Nothing" is abridged, and the dialogue is altered somewhat. Still, it's immensely enjoyable, and the cast really does an amazing job of bringing it to life. Samantha Spiro is very enjoyable as Beatrice, and her style works well with David's. All in all, an enjoyable listen, especially for DT fans.
A classic by a classic organization. The production made the text come alive. I will glad to purchase the rest of the Bard's collection in audio book.
Chopped, and Cut, and re-structured.
If the writers words have been altered, please list as abridged.
A fantastic version of one of the comedies. A brillisnt tale of love, confusion & betrayal. The cast is brilliant, & I would recommend this version to any Shakespeare fan or English literature student.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
It is a terrific version of the play with an incredible cast - David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emilia Fox and Maxine Peake to name a few.
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