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Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

John Gilbert
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Comedy turns to tragedy as two couples fall in and out of love in Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays. This edition features illustrations by renowned artist Sir John Gilbert and a new introduction from Professor Tiffany Stern.

Whilst Beatrice and Benedick both despise love, exchanging insults and banter rather than vows, for Hero and Claudio it is love at first sight. But as their marriage preparations begin, so do Don John’s dirty tricks, resulting in humiliation, rejection and disguise. Through masqued layers of deception and tight prosaic wit, Shakespeare weaves together a comedy full of tragedy and romance in which nothing is as it seems.

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Shakespeare’s voice rings down the ages, and, as with innumerable other human matters, we would do well to listen to it


When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder that such trivial people should muse and thunder in such lovely language

D. H. Lawrence

The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good

Robert Graves