Much Ado About Nothing

Two sets of lovers, one jilted at the altar, a bad brother, and a bumbling cop. Deception is the name of the game here, deception of all sorts—some playful, some cruel and destructive. “There was a star danced, and under that was I born."

See Wikipedia for a detailed synopsis and comments on the themes and motifs in this play.

For those of you who provide parts a scene at a time, this Character Chart shows all the characters' lines in each scene: Much Ado About Nothing

If your group reads the plays straight through in one sitting and you want to divide up the parts, we have a number of “cast” lists already divided up for you. These are text files that you can edit to suit your readers. We always recommend in a straight-through read that each participant take a moment beforehand to mark their parts—then everything proceeds so smoothly.

The Internet Shakespeare Editions from the University of Victoria has some short articles about pertinent topics in this play such as masks, nothing/noting, the tradition of the comic subplot, and more.

 

This is an audio recording of the play by professional actors with sound effects:
Much Ado About Nothing (Arkangel Shakespeare)
$19.95
By William Shakespeare

This is a delightful contemporary version made by a bunch of [well-connected] friends [with a lot of money] in a house and a backyard.
Much Ado About Nothing
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Starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg

This is a joyful production of the play set on a lovely Italian estate.
Much Ado About Nothing
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Starring Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Richard Briers, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale