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Much Ado about Nothing Performance

Much Ado about Nothing: Arkangel Shakespeare

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Young Claudio has fallen for the lovely heiress Hero, who also loves him. Their path to the altar looks smooth, until the evil Don John intervenes.

All ends happily, thanks to his incompetent assassins and the lucky discoveries of the bungling constable Dogberry. Central to the play, one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, are Beatrice and Benedick, masters of wit and sworn foes to marriage - until a plot is hatched to bring them together.

Beatrice is played by Saskia Reeves, while Samuel West plays Benedick. Paul Jesson is Don Pedro, Jason O'Mara is Claudio, and Abigail Docherty is Hero. Dogberry is played by Bryan Pringle.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    Christina Henry 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it!"

    The most memorable moment is the beatrice monologue I will now learn for mfa acting auditions! she learns of Benedick's supposed love. thanks!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-29-17
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-29-17

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Live in thy heart, die in thy lap"

    A good, light Shakespeare comedy. Many of the usual Shakespeare tropes (mistaken identities, smart women, dumb men, fools, gender roles, marriage folies). It probably isn't top half of my favorites, but that is partially because I have a slight bias against Shakespeare's comedies. I prefer his tragedies and histories. But that is me. And there are plenty of ticket-buying people that disagree. 'Much Ado About Nothing' is still one of the more common plays of Shakespeare to see performing in schools, with Shakespeare companies, and in movies. It is a gambol that apparently plays.

    Favorite lines:

    “I can see he's not in your good books,' said the messenger.
    'No, and if he were I would burn my library.” (Act 1, Scene 1)

    “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.” (Act 2, Scene 1)

    “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” (Act 3, Scene 1)

    “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.” (Act 4, Scene 1)

    “For it falls out
    That what we have we prize not to the worth
    Whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost,
    Why, then we rack the value, then we find
    The virtue that possession would not show us
    While it was ours.” (Act 4, Scene 1)

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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