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Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Much ado about nothing


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    • (edtf) 1598?
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    • (edtf) 1599?
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    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Much adoe about nothing
    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Shakespeare's comedy of Much ado about nothing
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    • found: His Much adoe about nothing, 1886.
    • found: Britannica online, October 7, 2014(Much Ado About Nothing, comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written probably in 1598-99 and printed in a quarto edition from the author's own manuscript in 1600.)
    • found: Wikipedia, October 7, 2014(Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599; The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623; The earliest printed text states that Much Ado About Nothing was "sundry times publicly acted" prior to 1600 and it is likely that the play made its debut in the autumn or winter of 1598-1599. The play was published in quarto in 1600 by the stationers Andrew Wise and William Aspley. This was the only edition prior to the First Folio in 1623; there have been several screen adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing, and almost all of them have been made for television; first cinematic version in English may have been the 1913 silent film directed by Phillips Smalley; first sound version in English released to cinemas was the 1993 film by Kenneth Branagh; in 2011, Joss Whedon completed filming of an adaptation, released in June 2013; the operas Béatrice et Bénédict (1862) by Hector Berlioz, Paul Puget's Beaucoup de bruit pour rien (pub.1898) and Much Ado About Nothing by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1901) are based upon this play; The Boys Are Coming Home, a musical adaptation by Berni Stapleton and Leslie Arden that sets Much Ado About Nothing in World War II America; on March 26, 2014 the first episode of Nothing Much To Do was released. This vlog series of Much Ado About Nothing is set in a New Zealand high school; in July of 2014 a webseries modernization of the play, "A Bit Much" was released, created by Colleen Scriven)
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    • 1996-06-27: new
    • 2014-10-10: revised
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