The Play Podcast - 048 - Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

The Play Podcast

16-06-2022 • 58 mins


The Play Podcast - 048 - Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Lucy Bailey

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is rightly renowned for the “merry war” of wits between the reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick, but alongside their brilliant partnership, there is also a darker story of misogyny and betrayal that gives the play a more complex and challenging character.

Lucy Bailey, director of the joyous production currently running at the Globe Theatre in London joins me to review this romantic rollercoaster.