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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
Lavish and festive feature film adaptation of the play set in Tuscany and using a British and pan-American cast. Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation is ‘full of sunny high spirits and still terrific fun to watch’ (The Guardian, 2019).
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1993
Duration
110 mins

Credits

Director
Kenneth Branagh
Producer
David Parfitt
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh
Contributor
Patrick Doyle; Phylllis Dalton; Russell Jackson
Cast
Emma ThompsonBeatrice
Kenneth BranaghBenedick
Robert Sean LeonardClaudio
Denzel WashingtonDon Pedro
Michael KeatonDogberry
Alex ScottBoy serving Benedick
Ben EltonVerges
Brian BlessedAntonio
Edward JewesburySexton
Imelda StauntonMargaret
Jimmy YuillFriar Francis
Kate BeckinsaleHero
Keanu ReevesDon John
Patrick DoyleBalthasar
Phyllida LawUrsula
Richard BriersLeonato

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multicultural casting
Related items
Kenneth Branagh

Notes

Notes
Available on BoB: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/001644E0?bcast=716206

Budget $8 estimated.
General
The film was shot at the 14th century Villa Vignamaggio in Tuscany.
Figures
$22,538,421 Gross (2005) Box Office Guru
Awards
Independent Spirit Award - Best Film and Best Female Lead (Emma Thompson)
BAFTA Film Award - Best Costume Design (Phylllis Dalton)
Reviews
Crowl, Samuel. The Films of Kenneth Branagh (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006), pp. 73-94.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/001644E0?bcast=716206

Production Company

Name

Renaissance Films

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA
Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW
Name

Shakespeare Institute Library

Email
silib@bham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/shakespeare External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 293384
Fax
01879 292021
Address
Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HP

Distributor

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ
Name

Retail outlets

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