Much Ado about Nothing: A Performing Edition
Much Ado About Nothing owes its popularity to the 'merry war' between Beatrice and Benedick, the brilliant mockery of love and marriage with which they conceal their mutual attraction. But beneath the play's brilliant surface lies a darker centre. Much Ado is built around two intrigues: Don Pedro's to bring Beatrice and Benedick together, Don John's to destroy the marriage of Hero and Claudio. Both climax in the crisis of the church scene: Hero is denounced at the altar by Claudio, Don Pedro, and even her father; defending her, Beatrice and Benedick are thrown together and confess their love for one another as they deal with the crisis, which is ultimately resolved by the self-regarding constable Dogberry and his watchmen. This performing edition was prepared for the Peter Hall Company production at the Threatre Royal Bath in 2005.
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