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 (2012) - Film Review
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Gray's Inn Hall
Quick reminder: this is one of those plays in which women are treated cruelly for suspected but unproven sexual infidelity. More Reviews. In this modern-day version, the year is , an election year, and according to a prominently displayed campaign banner, Stacey Abrams is running for president. To the credit of Leon and, presumably, vocal coach Kate Wilson , the entire cast does exceptionally well by the Shakespearean language. Brooks and Coleman have the most fun batting around the flirty wordplay, but even those actors playing minor characters seem to relish speaking the blank verse. Only the comic relief players, Dogberry Lateefah Holder and company, go too far, overdoing their buffoonish characters and leaning too heavily on the double entendres.
That effervescence is more than abundant in the award-winning Antic Disposition's interpretation of the play during its UK Cathedral tour, which culminates here, within the vaulted interior and acoustically resonant Gray's Inn Hall. Antic Disposition specialises in presenting classic plays and stories in historic buildings and unusual non-theatre spaces. In this instance, it has enabled many of the people attending the show to discover a self-contained and hidden part of London's rich history. Although 'cathedral' is a bit of a misnomer, Gray's Inn Hall has its own specific legacy of grandeur. It's fitting also that this production should end its tour here, as it's a coming home of sorts. Gray's Inn is one of the few remaining original Shakespearean venues in London - The Comedy of Errors was staged here in
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Besides that, Antic Disposition has produced another smooth and diverting Shakespeare, easily accessible in a way few tend to achieve. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
Last year I attended more than shows in London. Some amazing, some others great, others so so, others a complete waste of time. I want to share my passion for theatre with you, and create a place where we can discuss all the shows we get to see in this great city. A modern twist the press release said, with 'the setting being moved from Shakespeare's Messina to the world of a contemporary office, combining social comedy with the tensions of a modern workplace environment'. A new revival I was buzzing about, but they should have left it how Shakespeare intended. But an evil plot by Don John Aimee Cassettari left that in tatters. I didn't feel this modern day bickering and bantering at all.
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