This year sees our first open air production, Much Ado about Nothing, performed by touring Shakespeare company, Theatre Set-Up. Shakespeare’s comedy is set during Medieval times and is, essentially, a love story. Young Count Claudio has returned from war and meets the lovely Hero, daughter of the man with whom Claudio is staying. He asks her to marry him, and she consents. But the night before the wedding, Claudio believes he sees Hero cheating on him, and he humiliates her at the altar. Her father, after much thought, tells Claudio that she has died from grief, a few days later. Meanwhile, Count Benedick has also returned from the war, and openly spars with Beatrice, the cousin of Hero. They are suited to one another, but neither will admit it, and both swear never to marry. Hero’s father, among others, plots to get the two together. To achieve this, he has the close friends of the pair talk to one another openly about how one desperately loves the other, and thus fooling them into admitting their feelings to themselves. Towards end of the story, Claudio is told he must marry a cousin of Hero’s. When he reaches the altar, he marries the girl without seeing her face. When he lifts her veil, he finds that his beloved Hero is the one that he marries. A repeat of what really happened is told, when Claudio finds out that he was tricked. After this time, Beatrice and Benedick talk to one another, encouraged by their friends, and confess their love to one another. All live well, at least happy for the time being.
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