MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

World-weary soldier Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties, Claudio and Hero fall madly in love, while Beatrice and Benedick reignite their own combative courtship. Appearance and reality, revenge and the double standards of men are explored in Shakespeare's most performed romance comedy.

The text provides great value in the verbal sparring between Beatrice and Benedick and the somewhat pathetic pomposity of the constable Dogberry. It is possible that Shakespeare’s audience would have been outraged at Claudio’s sudden repudiation of the innocent Hero, so easily persuaded by the dastardly Don John. A contemporary audience may be horrified to witness the double standards of the men in the play, who expect one type of behaviour from women and another from themselves. In exploring the fate of Beatrice and Benedick, as well as Hero and Claudio, the play highlights issues relating to the nature of love.

 

SUITABILITY

Year 11 - 12
VCE English/EAL


IDEA/ISSUE/THEME

Lies and Deceit, Gender Issues, Love, Respect and Reputation


DURATION

70 minutes,
followed by Q&A

90 minute session recommended


TOURING TO SCHOOLS

Term 1
17 February - 28 March

VENUE REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 6 x 6 metres
    flat, clear playing space

  • Set up time - 60 min

  • Pack up time - 20 min


COST

$18.00 per student,
groups 120+

$2160 minimum fee,
groups -120

All prices include GST,
cancellation fees apply


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