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  • Actors: Charles Edwards, Eve Best
  • Directors: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AJER4EM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudio's friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice - by killing his best friend. Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being unacknowledged, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, one of Shakespeare's wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers. Featuring Eve Best ('sublime' The Times) as Beatrice and Charles Edwards ('gives a superb performance' The Daily Telegraph) as Benedick.

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The staging was quite effective and funny, and it was well filmed.
Richard Askenase
The audience and performers at the Globe Theatre are fully visible to each other, encouraging a broad, cabaret style of comedy and a great deal of interaction.
Lance Wilcox
Charles Edwards and Eve Best are beautifully paired as Benedict and Beatrice in this splendid Globe production.
Donald Tirabassi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance Wilcox on August 25, 2013
Format: DVD
"Much Ado About Nothing" works because of the attractive, vibrant, intelligent lovers at its center. Benedick and Beatrice are wickedly funny (and vain about it), self-involved yet deeply generous, and each is fascinated by (if intensely ambivalent about) the other. They engage in relentless verbal fencing--sometimes innocuous, sometimes wounding--and when they are "tricked" into falling in love, the audience sees that they are the last to learn what everyone else has long known.

Productions of "Much Ado" stand or fall on the performances of these two, and the Globe Theatre was immensely fortunate to have Eve Best and Charles Edwards to bring them to life. Edwards plays a Benedick struggling out of a prolonged adolescence into the commitments of adulthood, swinging between confident bluster and lost, boyish perplexity, while Best plays Beatrice as surprisingly rough-hewn, combative, and wounded. But with all her aggressiveness, she is also very, very funny, as is Edwards. Despite their wit, they both spend much of the play comically at sea, especially with respect to each other. They also create between them such a palpable attraction that their looooong-delayed kiss at the end raises a cheer from the audience.

Other noteworthy performances are Joseph Marcell as Leonato and Philip Cumbus as Claudio. These can be thankless roles, but Marcell is both kindly and shrewd and Leonato, while Cumbus invests Claudio with sufficient passion, naivety, and suffering in the play's darker stretches that we're willing to forgive his horrific treatment of Hero, the sweet young thing he adores.

The audience and performers at the Globe Theatre are fully visible to each other, encouraging a broad, cabaret style of comedy and a great deal of interaction.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Elliston on January 24, 2013
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I saw this production live in London (stood in the rain) and I saw it in the states when it was played at a local cinema. Eve Best and Charles Edwards are perfect as Beatrice and Benedict. Phil Cumbus is brilliant as Claudio and Paul Hunter is hilarious as the bumbling Dogberry. If you are a fan of Shakespeare and his comedies, this is well worth the purchase.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on March 20, 2013
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This Globe production is not, in our family's opinion, up to the standards of the other Globe comedies, especially the wonderful Love's Labours' Lost. Among the worst Dogberry-Verges night watch subplots we've ever seen. Bad casting of Dogberry. It must be a British thing if they like it. The other actors' performances were good.
Most of the other Globe DVD's include subtitles and they add enormously to the understanding and pleasure of watching the plays. This one does not. I wear hearing aids and have a TV with good speakers and have seen the play several times and still could not understand many of the lines. Even two other members of my family had difficulty understanding at times. I wish that producers who make critical decisions about such things as subtitles understood how much they matter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By purbear on May 22, 2013
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The Kenneth Branagh film is a fun romance, but this production is far superior. Filmed in performance at The Globe, the production is faithful to the text. The acting is wonderful, especially from the actors portraying Beatrice and Benedick.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed HikerTraveler on March 12, 2013
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Saw this production in July, 2012. Wonderful theater experience. Great audience interaction by the players. Winning performances by all. Romantic, funny, dramatic....best part of our vacation in London. This DVD captures the experience perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Askenase on July 31, 2013
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I have seen three different Shakespeare plays at the Globe theater in London, and they have all been a fantastic experience. Two of them (Othello (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Production) and Henry VIII: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) have been released as dvd's But, I haven't watched them yet. This is the first dvd from the Globe that I have watched- and loved it.

The reconstructed Globe theater is essentially an exact reproduction of a theatre (almost on this exact spot) where many of Shakespeare's plays were actually performed. It is open air, quite "natural", with seats and standing room (groundlings) just as in 1600. In fact, to me, with only a slight exaggeration, it is very much like being back 400 years and watching one of his plays. Certainly the productions are meant to be reasonably authentic to those times. And what great fun it is.

"Much Ado" is my favorite comedy, with great verbal wit between Beatrice and Benedict, and a plot and dialogue that it quite easy to follow. Here, Charles Edwards as Benedict really shines for me with a terrific performance. All of the actors were very good, but I thought he was excellent (as did my wife).

The staging was quite effective and funny, and it was well filmed.

The closeness of the audience (the groundlings) and being able to see audience members in the background in some shots, makes this whole performance really come alive. And, it even rained (drizzled) throughout much of the performance which heightened the reality of it even more. Terrific.
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