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Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Eve Best/ Joe Caffrey/ Philip Cumbus) [Globe on Screen] [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Eve Best, Joe Caffrey, Philip Cumbus, Charles Edwards, Paul Ginika Etuka
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009OHNT4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Eve Best, Joe Caffrey, Philip Cumbus, Charles Edwards, Paul Ginika Etuka, Marcus Griffiths, Adrian Hood, Paul Hunter, Joseph Marcell, Lisa McGrillis, David Nellist, Greg Page, Matthew Pidgeon, John Stahl, Ewan Stewart, Ony Uhiara, Helen Weir
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Music: Stephen Warbeck
Recorded live at Shakespeare's Globe, August 2011

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing contrasts the happiness of lovers Claudio and Hero, and the cynicism of sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick, who are united in their scorn for love. Trickery plays a large part in the story, as Beatrice and Benedick are duped into declaring their love for one another, and the dastardly Don John deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has been unfaithful. Marking the debut of director Jeremy Herrin at the Globe Theatre, this production features Eve Best as the feisty and high-spirited Beatrice and Charles Edwards as her cynical counterpart, Benedick.

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"Eve Best and Charles Edwards are gorgeously well-matched and sublimely ridiculous.

--Time Out

"Shakespeare's Globe has got in with the first of two Much Ado productions and raises the bar high with an exuberant production.

--The Telegraph

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Backpacker on 13 Jan 2013
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I bought this DVD for my wife as she wasn't able to go to the Globe for the live version. This is almost as good as being there.
Eve Best and Charles Edwards are outstanding as Beatrice and Benedick, and the supporting cast are all up to scratch.
The audience, however, leave something to be desired, laughing in what seem to us to be inappropriate places, and generally carrying on as if they're at a pantomime- the reaction to Beatrice's "eat his heart in the market place " speech as if it's comedy is a prime example. But that's the "magic" of live theatre, I suppose.
Is this the best DVD of Much Ado? Well, if I could only have one, I might keep the Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson film,
but in the best of all possible worlds I'll have both, plus the BBC Shakespeare version with Robert Lindsay and Cherie Lunghi,
please.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aethelred on 20 Jun 2013
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A little searching through my reviews will tell you that I am almost evangelical on the subject of the Globe. They bring Shakespeare to life like no-one I've ever seen. Above all, they manage to extract every ounce of comedy from the text - and since Much Ado was written as a comedy (you'd never know this if it was a set text at school), the result is a riot.

The core of the play is the sparring between Beatrice (Eve Best) and Benedick (Charles Edwards). Both parts are acted superbly, and the tension between them positively crackles with energy. Eve Best in particular has a nice line in haughty exits.

This is a filmed version of a live performance, and the audience gets into the act. When Don John (suitably garbed in villainous black) gloats when it seems that his evil plot is coming to fruition, the audience actually hissed him as if they were watching a pantomime. The expression on the actor's face as he revelled in it was priceless. Similarly, Edwards' reaction to a lone laugh from a groundling.

The one slight disappointment was Dogberry. I've come to expect great things from Globe interpretations of comic parts; and though I loved Verges (a hulking giant from the Bernard Bresslaw school of dimwits), and the lantern (OK, lanthorn) gags were good, Dogberry's mannerisms seemed to me to cross the line into mere silliness for the sake of things.

But this is a minor point. On the whole the performance was a triumph. Feel-good Shakespeare. Now there's a concept my old teachers would never have understood....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sven Delarivière on 16 Mar 2013
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I have to say it was an absolute joy to watch this. I think Eve Best and Charles Edwards were brilliant as Benedick and Beatrice, well beyond my expectations. It is always great to see actors not just say Shakespeare's words, but breath life into the characters that have a reason for saying them. All of the managed to do that, making it a joy to watch. I even had some laugh out loud moments.

If I had to have any criticism, I would say that the actor that played Dogberry got a little bit repetitive towards the end. Everything else seemed to fall into place for this. Even though you're watching a filmed stage performance, the editing is never distracting, the sound is always clear and I never felt there was a part of the stage or a character that I wanted to see, but couldn't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike I London on 1 Jan 2013
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Like all Shakerspeare's Globe productions I saw up to now, this one was a wonderful Elisabethan-style staging, replete with jokes, in-jokes and knowing nods to the viewers, boasting acting of the highest calibre. Eve Best's Beatrice is too good to miss, and I am truly sorry I have not managed to see her live at The Globe. However, this DVD is the next best thing, and I recommend it heartily to all Shakespeare-lovers.

Joseph Marcell makes an excellent Leonato, and Charles Edwards is a wonderful Benedick. The entire cast is well matched and works beautifully as an ensemble.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jillie on 21 Aug 2013
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I bought this DVD because I was soon to play Beatrice in a production of the play. I had seen this production at the Globe and it still remains my favourite of Shakespeare's plays.

The recording of the production is brilliant. It will never be the same as actually being in the theatre, but it comes as close as a DVD recoding can. One thing I couldn't quite get used to was the volume of the actors' voices as they project to the whole audience, but that is just the nature of the theatre space. A wonderful purchase and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Shakespeare, who has visited the Globe or is planning a visit and especially for anyone studying the play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Marlow on 9 Sep 2013
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Saw this at Shakespeare's Globe and of all the productions that I have seen this is the standout. I shall be watching it often. Eve Best is certainly the finest Beatrice that I have seen. She says much with her face and body that a lot of her lines are unnecessary. Charles Edwards is the perfect foil as Benedict - brave, gallant and a little bit on a loser when it comes to a battle of words. The rest of the cast are fine. My only quibble is with Paul Hunter as Dogberry who overdoes the whistles and grimaces. Director Jeremy Herrin should have kept him under tighter control. Even if you are not a fan of Will this is a production that can make you one. Go buy.
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