Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare audiobook

Much Ado about Nothing

By William Shakespeare
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Young Claudio has fallen for thelovely heiress Hero, who also loves him. Their path to the altar looks smooth, until the evil DonJohn intervenes.  All ends happily, thanks to his incompetent assassins and the lucky discoveries ofthe bungling constable Dogberry. Central to theplay, 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 themtogether. 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.

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Summary

Summary

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

All ends happily, thanks to his incompetent assassins and the lucky discoveries ofthe bungling constable Dogberry. Central to theplay, 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 themtogether.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The play takes an ancient them—that of a woman falsely accused of unfaithfulness—to brilliant comedic heights. In this play, Shakespeare eschewed devices of obvious magic or disguise of sex, which he employed in other comedies; the wit and ambiguity of the dialogue and the exquisite pacing of the action sustain the play, which remains popular in repertory.” Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
“The influence of Beatrice and Benedick was felt in the Restoration comedy of manners, whose competitive loving couples similarly disguise their true affection by verbal combat.” The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
Much Ado about Nothing focuses on two love affairs, the rivalry between the reluctant Beatrice and the confirmed bachelor Benedick, and the more serious courtship between Hero and Claudio. The former is one of the wittiest romantic conflicts in dramatic literature; the latter narrowly avoids catastrophe by means of a necessary, if contrived, manipulation of the plot to achieve a happy ending.” Masterpieces of World Literature

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Author

Author Bio: William Shakespeare

Author Bio: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 2.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English