Publisher description for Much ado about nothing / William Shakespeare ; edited by David Bevington ; David Scott Kastan, James Hammersmith, and Robert Kean Turner, associate editors ; with a foreword by Joseph Papp.
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Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story if a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceit threatens to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay--but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare's superb comedy of manners.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Courtship Italy Messina Drama