Much Ado About Nothing – LIT Summer Vol. 2

MuchAdoOne of our favorite Shakespearean comedies, Much Ado About Nothing has made a huge impact on literature and pop culture!

Much Ado‘s beloved bickering couple, Beatrice and Benedick, have inspired dozens of other hate-to-love romances in fiction, from Pride & Prejudice, to Star Wars, to some of the biggest sitcoms and romantic comedies. Our discussion also meanders around our favorite film and stage productions of the play, our thoughts on the play’s themes of gender roles and mistaken identities, and that one Shakespeare conspiracy theory that won’t seem to go away. It’s a fun time!

Listen on Spotify, Apple, or anywhere you get your podcasts!


Further Exploration

Notable Productions

  • 1993 film (dir. Branagh)
  • 2013 film (dir. Whedon)
  • Dil Chahta Hai (2001 Hindi film)
  • Messina High (2015 webseries)
  • The Public Theater, Central Park, 2018 production (dir. Leon)
  • Beatrice et Benedick (the opera)


Related Literature and Media

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher
  • Mean Girls
  • Hitch
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Jane the Virgin
  • 30 Rock (Liz Lemon)
  • Gilmore Girls (Lorelai Gilmore)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (scenes between Leia and Han)
  • Schitt’s Creek


Articles and Videos

10 Fun Facts about Shakespeare

Highlights and behind-the-scenes from the 2018 Leon production at the Public Theater: here and here

Hate-to-love couples in film




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