When the Prince comes to visit his friend bringing his bastard brother, the brave Claudio, and the clownish Benedick, love, betrayal, and humorous antics are the result. Starring Catherine Tate as the sharp-witted Beatrice and David Tennant as the proud bachelor Benedick, this version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will have you equal parts gasping for air from laughing too hard and swooning from David Tennant’s facial expressions.
I am a firm believer that theatre is meant to be performed not read, and all you have to do is watch this version of Much Ado About Nothing to understand why. Set in a modern dress and time, but still in Shakespearian language, this play makes Shakespeare accessible. The characters become real. The jokes become understandable. And in this version, the interpretation makes it even funnier!
Plus, you get to stare at this guy a lot:
I can’t explain how his face makes me feel.
I must add that Beatrice is a complete bamf. It’s pretty well known that Shakespeare’s women are kind of iffy. Any of the strong ones end up crazy (Lady Macbeth) or beaten down (Taming of the Shrew), and if anyone other than Catherine Tate had performed this part Beatrice would have gone the way of the shrew. But in the expert hands of Tate (and Tennant), Beatrice doesn’t become a fool for love but falls in love with an equal. And now Catherine Tate is my spirit animal:
I just want to be you, Catherine. Just let me be you.
As a bonus, there’s an (older) audiobook version of Much Ado About Nothing where Tennant plays Benedick that I discovered on my recent audiobook hunt. I’m so excited to listen to it!
You can purchase or rent this version of Much Ado About Nothing here.
Warning: do not watch while in a public place or while eating or drinking. Yes, you will laugh that hard.
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“Beatrice and Benedick are two of my all-time favourite fictional characters, and their love story is up there in my top five, right alongside Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s, and Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe’s.” ~ Samantha @ An Aspiring Receptionist