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      /MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING/ (1984)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: U
    • Running Time: Approx. 148 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 22nd December 1984
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      A COMEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      “Friendship is constant in all other things
      Save in the office and affairs of love:
      Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues;
      Let every eye negotiate for itself
      And trust no agent.”

      When homecoming warriors Claudio and Benedick turn their attentions to romance, friends, brothers and lovers are all soon found wanting. Claudio quickly becomes engaged to Hero, while Benedick quips and quarrels his way into her cousin Beatrice’s heart. But when Claudio is tricked into jilting his fiancée, Benedick is forced to choose between friendship and love . . .

      This spirited production of the first of Shakespeare’s three great romantic comedies featured some of the favourite names of British television, Robert Lindsay and Cherie Lunghi perfectly enact the sparring wit of Benedick and Beatrice, and in Dogberry and Vesper – two of Shakespeare’s best-loved clowns are perfectly supported by Michael Elphick and Clive Dunn.


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      "I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Aragon
      comes this night to Messina....."

      Cherie Lunghi & Robert Lindsay
      with
      Robert Reynolds
      and
      Michael Elphick and Clive Dunn



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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      In Credits Order

    • Lee Montague ... Leonato
    • Tim Faulkner ... Messenger
    • Cherie Lunghi ... Beatrice
    • Katharine Levy ... Hero
    • Jon Finch ... Don Pedro
    • Robert Lindsay ... Benedick
    • Robert Reynolds ... Claudio
    • Gordon Whiting ... Antonio

    • Vernon Dobtcheff ... Don John
    • Robert Gwilym ... Conrade
    • Tony Rohr ... Borachio
    • Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Margaret
    • Ishia Bennison ... Ursula
    • Oz Clarke ... Balthasar
    • Ben Losh ... Boy
    • Michael Elphick ... Dogberry
    • Clive Dunn ... Verges
    • Gorden Kaye ... First Watch

    • Perry Benson ... Second Watch
    • Roger Frost ... Member of Watch
    • Declan Mulholland ... Member of Watch
    • Stephen Wale ... Member of Watch
    • Graham Crowden ... Friar Francis
    • John Kidd ... Sexton
    • Simone Baker ... Dancer
    • Jean Pierre Blanchard ... Dancer
    • Nicola Keen ... Dancer
    • Philippa Luce ... Dancer
    • Bryan Payne ... Dancer
    • Barbara Rhoades ... Dancer
    • Trevor St. John Hacker ... Dancer
    • Peter Salmon ... Dancer
    • Clair Symonds ... Dancer

      • Director: Stuart Burge
      • Produced: Shaun Sutton
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      William Shakespeare
      Hys Most Excellent
      Comedie
      MUCH ADO
      ABOUT
      NOTHING



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      ABOUT MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

      Much Ado About Nothing is not mentioned in the list of plays by Shakespeare given by Francis Meres in his Pallidis Tamia, published in the autumn of 1598. Certain speech-prefixes of the first edition, published in 1600, suggest that as Shakespeare wrote he had in mind the role of Dogberry the comic actor Will Kemp, who is believed to have left the Lord Chamberlain’s Men during 1599. Probably Shakespeare wrote the play between summer 1598 and spring 1599.

      The action is set in Sicily, where Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, has recently defeated his half-brother, the bastard Don John, in a military engagement. Apparently reconciled, they return to the capital, Messina, as guests of the governor, Leonato . . . . The play is based upon an old tale that existed in many variations, it had been told in Italian verse by Ariosto, in his Orlando Furioso (1516, translated into English verse by Sir John Harrington, 1591), in Italian prose by Matteo Bandello in his Novelle (1554, adapted into French by P. de Belleforest, 1569) in English prose by George Whetstone (The Rock of Regard, 1576), in English verse by Edmund Spenser (The Faerie Queen, Book 2, canto 4, 1590) and several others.




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