William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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The earliest text of Much Ado About Nothing was published in 1600, but its title page attests that the play had “beene sundrie times publically acted by the Lord Chamberlain’s Servants”. The text also uses the name of comic actor William Kemp (who performed with the Lord Chamberlain’s Company during 1598-99 but not later) as speech headings for Dogberry, suggesting that the play was written some time during 1598-99. Many scholars have conjectured that Much Ado could be the play listed by Francis Meres in 1598 as Love’s Labour’s Won; several recent productions have even presented the play under that title (see Potter). The comedy was also performed at court in 1613 …

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Citation: Vaughan, Virginia Mason. "Much Ado About Nothing". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2021 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3403, accessed 26 February 2024.]

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