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Hello. This is a website that explores Much Ado About Nothing. We have approached the play in four different ways, looking at its language, the characters and their motivations, discussing the themes and issues in the play and finally by staging the play we look at text in performance. You can't forget that at the end of the day Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed and that's where the magic really happens. We hope you will have a good look around and enjoy the site.

Share with us the experience of mounting a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe. Revisit the site regularly to see the production evolve and grow. The character profile pages and production timeline will be frequently updated with new images and interviews.

The play was first published in quarto in 1600 by the stationers Andrew Wise and William Aspley. This was the only edition prior to the First Folio in 1623.

Much Ado About Nothing website overview. Download this pdf for a brief guide informing you how to use this site to explore the play both in the classroom and at home.

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Claudio and Hero

The earliest recorded performance of Much Ado About Nothing was winter 1612-13 at Court during the festivities preceding the marriage of Princess Elizabeth with Frederick V, Elector Palatine (14 February 1613).