Much Ado About Nothing
As the title would suggest, the characters in Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy are prone to making a big fuss over very little. But there is a lot of fun on the way — the plot bursts with elaborate schemes, misunderstandings and bruised egos, as two couples make their way towards a happy ending. Hero and Claudio fall instantly in love, only to be torn apart by the lies and manipulations of others. Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice are the heroes of countless rom-coms to come: witty and strong individuals, who declare that they will never fall in love.
Above all, Much Ado About Nothing is a love story. But the classic romance of Hero and Claudio is far less interesting than the love which blossoms between Beatrice and Benedick — bickering rivals, who find each other extremely annoying. How do we know who is right for us?
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