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Movie or TV Productions

2005 TV Miniseries

The BBC Drama Group presents Much Ado About Nothing, set in a modern day TV studio.

1993 Movie

A film of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Kenneth Branagh. Branagh plays Benedick, Emma Thompson acts as Beatrice, Kate Beckinsale is Hero, and Keanu Reeves plays Don John.

1984 TV Movie

A TV version of the play. It’s a well regarded BBC Miniseries production.

1973 Performance

A filmed performance of the New York Shakespeare Festival playing Much Ado About Nothing, set in the 1920s.

1973 Movie

A Russian film of Much Ado About Nothing (titled Mnogo shuma iz nichego), directed by Samson Samsonov.

Images

A Poster for the Play

University of Maryland Baltimore County’s poster for their 2005 Production of Much Ado About Nothing.

PBS Shakespeare Poster

Movie poster from PBS Shakespeare for Much Ado About Nothing.

Beatrice and Benedick

Emma Thompson as Beatrice and Kenneth Branagh as Benedick in Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 production of Much Ado About Nothing.

A Love Scene

Another picture of Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in the 1993 production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Documents

Online Version of Much Ado About Nothing

A copy of the complete text of Much Ado About Nothing, broken neatly into scenes. Be careful! Though the acts and scenes are marked correctly, the site author uses his own system for line-numbering, so though the text is correct, the line numbers won’t correspond to your printed editions. Still, wonderfully searchable, and has the neat feature of allowing you to see all the lines (and cue lines) for individual characters, which is cool, if you’re that kind of person.

Another Online Copy of the Play

A complete text of Much Ado About Nothing from the fantastically reliable bartleby.com. It’s reprinted from The Oxford Shakespeare of 1914. Again, be aware that the line numbers won’t correspond with modern printed editions.

Tales from Shakespeare

This is a super cool facsimile of interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, as taken from Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare. The two authors set out (in late 19th century style) to present Shakespeare in a way that was captivating and accessible for younger readers. It’s a wonderful look at Shakespeare interpretation from the 19th century.

More Tales from Shakespeare

A more plain and straight presentation of the Lambs’ Much Ado About Nothing, excerpted from the remainder of the book.

Other

Internet Shakespeare Editions

This is a great site from the Internet Shakespeare Editions, including facsimiles of the play from a variety of early printings, and the text of the play from the First Folio of 1623 and the First Quarto of 1600. Definitely check out the "Life and Times" section for some interesting commentary.

"Much Ado About Nothing: An analysis of the play by Shakespeare"

A short essay with some points to ponder about Much Ado About Nothing. It includes a brief look at content and performance history, with links to some of the play’s more important monologues.

Modern Much Ado

Here’s the website for the odd, modernized 2005 BBC production of Much Ado About Nothing. The story is set in a newsroom, Anchorman style.

"Much Ado About ‘Noting’"

A brief and incisive essay on "noting" in Much Ado About Nothing.

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