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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing was transmitted as part of BBC Radio 3's The Sunday Play on September 23, 2001 at 6:30 pm. The play is two hours and fourteen minutes long and contains an introduction by Sir Richard Eyre.

The music written and performed Simon Oakes and Adam Wolters and the production was directed by Sally Avens.

David Tennant also appeared in the acclaimed sold out West End production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2011 as Benedick. 

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Synopsis:
"Claudio and Hero are in love and soon to be married. As they await the wedding, they decide to play a trick on their friends Beatrice and Benedick, two confirmed singletons who scorn marriage and enjoy nothing more than expressing their mutual disdain. Can they persuade Benedick that Beatrice is in love with him – and vice versa?" - BBCshop.co.uk

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Audio Go formerly BBC Audio Books released the play on CD May 6, 2005 and then it was re-released as part of the Classic Radio Theatre range on June 2, 2011.

The runtime is the same as the broadcast and is recorded on 2 CD's.


The BBC also included the play in the collection Shakespeare The Essential Collection Vol. 1, also included were A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew.

You can also download the play from audible.co.uk.

CAST

Benedick 

Beatrice

Claudio 

Hero

Don Pedro

Leonato

Don John 

Borachio

Dogberry

Verges

Conrade

Friar Francis

Antonio/Sexton

Margaret         

Ursala

Balthasar

The Boy

The Messenger

The Singer

*appeared in Trust, David was in episode six of the series

**appeared in the 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)' episode Drop Dead with David and has worked on several other audio projects with him, the 2003 audiobook The Merlin Conspiracy, the animated feature Free Jimmy , the BBC Radio 2 productions of Love Virtually and Every Seveth Wave

**played Kempe in the 'Doctor Who' episode The Shakespeare Code

****appears in the same episode of 'The Bill' as David, Deadline