The Chop Bard podcast passionatley picks apart the plays of William Shakespeare, scene by scene, line by line, in search of entertainment and understanding, offering a fresh and entertaining look at some old goods- it is the cure for boring Shakespeare.

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Much Ado About Noting

Episode 240 | Much Ado

Much Ado About Nothing – Intro
An introduction to our series on Much Ado About Nothing where we talk history, structure, and the building blocks of comedy.

Episode 241 | Much Ado About Arrivals

Much Ado About Nothing – Act I scene 1
Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, has come to visit the house of Leonato, governor of Messina. A cast of colorful characters is introduced.

Episode 242 | Much Ado About Plots

Much Ado About Nothing – Act I scene 2, 3
Leonato is misinformed by his brother, and Don John wants to bite.

Episode 243 | Much Ado About Masks

Much Ado About Nothing – Act II scene 1
In the midst of a clever dance we encounter witty word play, misconceptions, and a new challenge.

Episode 244 | Much Ado About Deception

Much Ado About Nothing – Act II scene2, 3
Don John finds another way, while Benedick is made sport of.

Episode 245 | Much Ado About Noting

Much Ado About Nothing – Act III scene 1
Beatrice hears some unexpected gossip.