Much Ado About Nothing (1) : Don Pedro’s brother John tries to ensure that the course of true love does not run smooth.
Much Ado About Nothing
Part one

Based on ‘Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare’ by Edith Nesbit, and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is William Shakespeare’s enduring comedy of love, imposture and high society, written in 1598 or the following year. For all its gossipy wit, however, it deals with a serious subject, a lady’s reputation.

FLUSHED with success in battle, Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, repaired to Messina in Sicily for a well-earned rest in the house of the Governor, Leonato. With him went two Italian lords, Claudio and Benedick, and his stepbrother, Don John.

Don John was envious of Claudio’s place in Don Pedro’s trust, and when his servant Borachio whispered that he had overheard Claudio sighing for the love of Hero, the Governor’s daughter, Don John saw an opportunity for ‘mischief’.

His feeble attempts to sow discord during a masked ball were frustrated when gallant Don Pedro secured Hero’s hand for Claudio. And Don Pedro went on playing Cupid, convincing Benedick that Leonato’s acid-tongued niece Beatrice, who had been teasing him mercilessly for years, was sweet on him, while Hero found a surprisingly tender place in Beatrice’s heart for Benedick too.

Romance was all around, and Claudio to be married next day; so when Don John hinted darkly that Hero might be unfaithful, Claudio could barely believe it.

Based on ‘Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare’ by Edith Nesbit, and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

More like this

William Shakespeare (9) Stories in Short (23) Fiction (84)

Picture: © Alexander Hoernigk, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0. View original
Messina, on the northeastern coast of Sicily. Behind the photographer is the mainland of Italy (the toe of the ‘boot’), separated from the island by the narrow Strait of Messina.
Part One
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Part Two
Based on the play by William Shakespeare

Amazon Books

Featured Music

Letters Game

What is the longest word you can make using these letters?

Press enter or type a space to see feedback on your word.

More like this: Letters Game Games with Words

Numbers Game

Work across from the number on the left, applying each arithmetical operation to the previous answer. What’s the final total?

Tip: Click any of the four inner squares to check your running total.

More like this: Maths Steps (Mental Arithmetic Game) Mental Arithmetic

Selected Stories
By Baroness Orczy
Lady Blakeney agrees to spy for the French Revolutionary government in return for her brother’s life.
By Charles Dickens
In Charles Dickens’s tale set around Mugby Junction, a man sees his life flash by like a ghostly train.
The 17th-century entrepreneur developed a way of smelting iron with coke rather than charcoal, but the Civil War frustrated his plans.
By Harrison Weir
Victorian cat-lover Harrison Weir launches into his favourite subject, but finds his audience growing restive.
By Cynewulf
(8th century)
Northumbrian poet Cynewulf paints a word-picture of heaven and the seraph-band that swoops and soars before the throne.
The British had some difficulty fulfilling all the promises made to their wartime Allies.