Benedick and Beatrice trade barbs and match wits under the Theater Tent:
Scandal abounds in Shakespeare’s hilarious, biting comedy about lies, courtship, and the chaos created in pursuit of true love. The famous bantering lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, trade barbs while matching wits (and hearts) in this celebrated romantic romp.
Prince Don Pedro’s army makes a triumphant return home from the war. Benedick and Claudio, two of the prince’s soldiers, visit the home of Duke Leonato for a celebratory masked ball. Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter, Hero, and the prince agrees to woo her in disguise on his behalf. Claudio and Hero’s marriage is soon arranged.
Hero’s cousin Beatrice and the dashing Benedick, on the other hand, are fiercely opposed to love, swearing off marriage and railing against courtship in all forms. The two resume their long-waged war of wits, and as insults fly, Benedick and Beatrice’s friends hatch a plot to trick them into falling in love with each other.
Meanwhile, the prince’s misanthropic brother Don John hatches a plot of his own, leading Claudio to believe that his beloved Hero has been unfaithful on the eve of their wedding. At the ceremony, Claudio publicly denounces her and she faints amid the chaos. Leonato and the Friar agree to fake Hero’s death, and Beatrice demands that Benedick avenge her by killing Claudio.
A bumbling constable and his watchmen uncover Don John’s malicious trick, and the conspiracy is exposed. To make amends, Claudio promises Leonato that he will marry one of Hero’s cousins in her place. As the couple approaches the alter, one final deception leads everyone to a fresh understanding of the truth.
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