MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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PLAY SYNOPSIS

A group of soldiers, including Benedick, Claudio, Don Pedro and Don John, return from a war to stay at the house of Leonato, a respected nobleman. On their arrival, Claudio quickly falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero, and the two of them decide to get married. At the same time, a long-running war of words between Benedick and Beatrice (Leonato’s niece) starts up again.

In the run up to the wedding, the lovers decide to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love too, by playing a series of tricks on them. This works, and Benedick and Beatrice secretly fall on love with each other.

Don John concocts a plan to make it seem that Hero has cheated on Claudio before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, Claudio humiliates Hero in front of the congregation and leaves her at the altar. The family decide to pretend that Hero has died of grief, and in this melee Benedick and Beatrice confess their love for each other.

The local watch, headed by Dogberry and Verges, discover Don John’s plot and reveal Hero’s innocence. Leonato requests Claudio to grieve at Hero’s grave, and then marry Hero’s cousin – who looks remarkably like Hero. At their marriage, Hero reveals her true identity, and Benedick asks Beatrice to marry him. All are happily married.