BBC Radio Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized) [Original Staging Fiction]
by William Shakespeare
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BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard. In Much Ado, the clarity of radio allows the wonderful verbal sparring between Beatrice and Benedick to sparkle as high comedy and melodrama mix magically in a combination of prose and verse. Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare is a comedy of love of body and love of wit. We meet the major couples of Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedick. Hero and Claudio intend to marry while Benedick and Beatrice intend to forever battle their wit against each other. The rest of the cast take upon themselves the task to bring the witty pair together by well-portrayed conversations to be overheard. These two seemingly separate stories are drawn together through the villiany of Don John the Bastard who begrudges his brother and Claudio. A seemingly tradgic ending is avoided by the unaware and witless Constable Dogsberry. The cast is well suited and energetic to a fault. David Tennant's portrayal of Benedick to Samatha's Spiro's Beatrice is filled with wit and charm, while the youthfulness of Amilia Fox as Hero and Chiwetel Ejiofor's Claudio are full of loving bliss and easily dissuaded emotions. Well worth the listen if you enjoy Shakespeare, drama or charming stories of wit and love.
This version skips parts of the play. I guess I should have suspected when it didn't say unabridged. I wish I had not purchased it. :( Other than that, it is fine.
Funny and charming
I'm a fan of David Tennant from Doctor Who and I was delighted to find this audiobook not only has him playing Benedick but using his real (Scottish) accent! I only wish there was a full cast list somewhere because several of the other cast voices sound tantalizingly familiar.