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Much Ado About Nothing (version 2)

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice (the main couple), and Claudio and Hero (the secondary couple). Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very witty and proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. Although the young lovers Hero and Claudio provide the main impetus for the plot, the courtship between the wittier, wiser lovers Benedick and Beatrice is what makes Much Ado About Nothing so memorable. Benedick and Beatrice argue with delightful wit, and Shakespeare develops their journey from antagonism to sincere love and affection with a rich sense of humor and compassion. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast Leonato: Bob Neufeld Messenger: Ernst Pattynama Beatrice/Boy/Second Watch: Elizabeth Klett Hero: Amanda Friday Don Pedro: Bruce Pirie Benedick: mb Don John: Eden Rea-Hedrick Claudio: Beth Thomas Antonio: Larry Wilson Conrade: Brett Downey Borachio: Chris Cartwright Balthazar: James Silverstein Margaret: Arielle Lipshaw Ursula: Sarah Parshall Dogberry: Alan Mapstone Verges: Charlotte Duckett First Watchman: rookieblue Friar Francis: bala Sexton/Lord: Todd Narrator: Libby Gohn Audio edited by mb and gloriana

Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice (the main couple), and Claudio and Hero (the secondary couple). Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very witty and proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. Although the young lovers Hero and Claudio provide the main impetus for the plot, the courtship between the wittier, wiser lovers Benedick and Beatrice is what makes Much Ado About Nothing so memorable. Benedick and Beatrice argue with delightful wit, and Shakespeare develops their journey from antagonism to sincere love and affection with a rich sense of humor and compassion. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast Leonato: Bob Neufeld Messenger: Ernst Pattynama Beatrice/Boy/Second Watch: Elizabeth Klett Hero: Amanda Friday Don Pedro: Bruce Pirie Benedick: mb Don John: Eden Rea-Hedrick Claudio: Beth Thomas Antonio: Larry Wilson Conrade: Brett Downey Borachio: Chris Cartwright Balthazar: James Silverstein Margaret: Arielle Lipshaw Ursula: Sarah Parshall Dogberry: Alan Mapstone Verges: Charlotte Duckett First Watchman: rookieblue Friar Francis: bala Sexton/Lord: Todd Narrator: Libby Gohn Audio edited by mb and gloriana
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Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice (the main couple), and Claudio and Hero (the secondary couple). Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very witty and proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. Although the young lovers Hero and Claudio provide the main impetus for the plot, the courtship between the wittier, wiser lovers Benedick and Beatrice is what makes Much Ado About Nothing so memorable. Benedick and Beatrice argue with delightful wit, and Shakespeare develops their journey from antagonism to sincere love and affection with a rich sense of humor and compassion. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast Leonato: Bob Neufeld Messenger: Ernst Pattynama Beatrice/Boy/Second Watch: Elizabeth Klett Hero: Amanda Friday Don Pedro: Bruce Pirie Benedick: mb Don John: Eden Rea-Hedrick Claudio: Beth Thomas Antonio: Larry Wilson Conrade: Brett Downey Borachio: Chris Cartwright Balthazar: James Silverstein Margaret: Arielle Lipshaw Ursula: Sarah Parshall Dogberry: Alan Mapstone Verges: Charlotte Duckett First Watchman: rookieblue Friar Francis: bala Sexton/Lord: Todd Narrator: Libby Gohn Audio edited by mb and gloriana

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

2h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:39