Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
BBC Studios
Directed by Stuart Burge

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.

Beatrice and Benedick fuel their mutual distain with jade's tricks and sparring, dancing their dislike through the merry wedding arrangements of Beatrice's cousin Hero and the young captain Claudius.

Production duration: 2 hrs 28 min
BBC Studios

Cast & creative team


  • Leonato
    Lee Montague
  • Messenger
    Tim Faulkner
  • Beatrice
    Cherie Lunghi
  • Hero
    Katharine Levy
  • Don Pedro
    Jon Finch
  • Benedick
    Robert Lindsay
  • Claudio
    Robert Reynolds
  • Antonio
    Gordon Whiting
  • Don John
    Vernon Dobtcheff
  • Conrade
    Robert Gwilym
  • Borachio
    Tony Rohr
  • Margaret
    Pamela Moiseiwitsch
  • Ursula
    Ishia Bennison
  • Balthasar
    Oz Clarke
  • Boy
    Ben Losh
  • Dogberry
    Michael Elphick
  • Verges
    Clive Dunn
  • First Watch
    Gorden Kaye
  • Second Watch
    Perry Benson
  • Friar Francis
    Graham Crowden
  • Sexton
    John Kidd


  • William Shakespeare
  • Stuart Burge
  • Simon Rogers
  • Ian Williams
    Film Editing
  • Jan Spoczynski
    Production Design
  • Jane Hudson
    Costume Design
  • Ann Ailes-Stevenson
  • Ray Angel