Much Ado About Nothing:
Play introduction by Don Wooten - audio podcast - text (PDF)
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Much_Ado_About_Nothing
Read the play online - http://shakespeare.mit.edu/much_ado/index.html
Last performed by the Genesius Guild in 2005 ~ Photos
This is one of Shakespeare’s most admired works, a comedy with dark overtones; a combination of two love stories, involving people of contrasting temperaments; and a resolution by the humble of the problems of the mighty. Unique among his comedies, three-quarters of the play is in prose.
A key to staging the play may be found in the title. To the English of Shakespeare’s day, “nothing” and “noting” sounded very similar. The plot proceeds through a series of misunderstanding, brought about by “noting”: everything is overheard, misheard, or constructed on purpose for eavesdropping. “Nothing” is a also a word of female sexual connotation, suggesting much ado in the pursuit of women.