About This Clip
Much Ado About Nothing
This 1973 recording of the Joseph Papp produced Much Ado About Nothing was directed by A.J. Antoon and Nick Havinga and was performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival Delacorte Theater in Central Park and later at the Winter Garden on Broadway. Kathleen Widdoes and Sam Waterston star as Beatrice and Benedick.
Don Pedro and his men (Teddy Roosevelt Roughriders) have returned from the wars. After Beatrice turns down his proposal, Don Pedro decides to matchmake her with Benedick (her former boyfriend), but she being an independent-minded, bicycle-riding Suffragette type, it’s going to take a bit of trickery. Meanwhile, Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, has fallen in love with Benedick’s friend, Claudio. But Don Pedro’s bastard half-brother, Don John, plots to split them apart, and Benedick finds himself having to choose between his best friend and the woman he loves.