Much Ado About Nothing by William ShakespeareMuch 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! Squeeeeeee!
BEATRICE: Pfft. Love is for stupid losers who are stupid.
BENEDICK: You know, you might get laid more often if you weren’t such a cynical bitch all the time.
BEATRICE: Fuck you.
BENEDICK: Get in line, sugartits.
*audience is beaten over the head by sexual tension*
DON PEDRO: Hey everybody, I had a great idea! Let’s make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love!
EVERYONE: YAY! MEDDLING!
PRINCE JOHN: So, I think I’m going to break up Claudio and Hero.
BORACHIO: 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, so…wait. 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 time!
BEATRICE: I dont want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper!
PRINCE JOHN: So guess what Claudio? Your woman totally cheated on you. I saw, I was there.
CLAUDIO: 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!
PRIEST: Great job, now Hero’s dead from sad.
CLAUDIO: OMG I AM SO REMORSEFUL. FORGIVE ME, DEAD HERO!
HERO: Pysche! I’m really okay!
BEATRICE: 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 John!
Much Ado About Nothing
A small coach full of colleagues staff and volunteers from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust made the much anticipated jaunt down from Stratford-upon-Avon. We were not disappointed, and it was a hugely entertaining outing. The setting seemed to be a sun-drenched Sicilian villa, hotel-like but not quite public enough to be a hotel. The costuming was modern-dress, but with some emphases on the s. Pop music was wittily interpolated into the action. Tennant is certainly most at home in comedy I recall him jigging and ambling his way through Hamlet in and used every characteristic nuance of his facial expression — one raised eyebrow, two raised eyebrows, disbelieving, boyish glances, penetrating stares, wide-mouthed disbelief, desire, appreciation — to bring Benedick to believable and super-real life.
Popular on Variety. In the West End, with an audience of TV fans lured by the casting, Rourke smartly goes for an update to ensure instant recognition. The disco music is of the period and Rourke clarifies matters further by staging unspoken events. That detailing makes the depiction of the all-men-together thinking — which leads to the damning of innocent Hero — all the more credible. Although the thought-through period parallels work, engaging subtlety is lost. High-spirited Best, whose classical legit appearances have regularly netted her awards, has a galvanizing theater energy. She charges round the stage, stopping with split-second precision to point a comic line at an audience member.
Claudio, deceived by Don Juan, accuses Hero. Painting by Marcus Stone Courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Shakespeare's Sonnets Shakespearean sonnet Petrach vs. The play concerns 2 pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a "merry war"; they both talk a mile a minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other.
Type-casting gives audiences what they know, but that's not necessarily a good thing.
Josie Rourke. He is a cute idiot and like the only decent man in the play okay the priest was a good person too and she is this witty unapologetic sarcastic woman, and they flirt banter every time they meet. Their love story is my kind of love story. You know, patriarchy. Thank you. Do you know of any way one could watch the plays David Tennent has been in online?
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