A lesser-known work of Shakespeare’s is his play Much Ado About Nothing, which centers around a man and a woman who hate each other, and how their relationship develops. Beatrice’s friends tell her that Benedick is in love with her, just as Benedick’s friends tell him that Beatrice is in love with him.
This play is witty and funny. I don’t know about you, but I never read a lot of comical Shakespeare in my high school days. A college friend of mine told me to try this one out because of how much she loves the plot.
It’s very refreshing to read this play! The banter between Beatrice and Benedick is hilarious, and Shakespeare did an excellent job of writing witty and sharp lines for them, as usual.
There is a modern adaptation starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, which recites all of the lines verbatim, but everyone is dressed in modern-day clothes. Some of the ways the scenes are interpreted are hilarious, and it’s definitely a favorite of mine.
Whether you read the play or watch it in some fashion, I highly recommend Much Ado About Nothing.