Being critical about where you get your information from has always been very important. If a banner-add online tells you, that you have won a contest you never entered, you should be critical. If an orange manchild calls any and all criticism of him “fake news”, you should be critical. And if the cartoonishly evil bastard brother of your friend tells you, that your future wife is unfaithful you should be critical of this too. Of course, Shakespeare knew this as well, but he also knew the fundamental truth, that people will believe pretty much anything. This is the case in Much Ado About Nothing.
In Messina, the governor Leonato hosts Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, at his estate as the Prince and his men are returning from war. With Don Pedro is his bastard brother Don John, the young Count Claudio and the rakish lord Benedick. Benedick’s presence in Messina is much to the chagrin of Leonato’s niece, Beatrice, with whom Benedick has a history, and the two of them cannot even be in the same room without trading wits and barbs. Much happier is the meeting between Claudio and Hero, Leonato’s daughter, who fall in love almost immediately, and despite some initial confusion stoked by Don John, a wedding day is set. To pass the time until that happy day, Don Pedro convinces Leonato, Claudio and Hero to try to end the feud between Benedick and Beatrice, by making them admit their true feelings for each other. However, Don John has laid plots of his own, to bring Hero’s faithfulness into question, ruin the wedding and bring shame to everyone involved.
Expect to see banter, match-making, match-breaking and a whole lot of drinking in this year’s Aalborg University Shakespeare Company production.