• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

As a director, how would you direct Act Two, Scene three to enhance the comedy? Shakespeare's "much ado about nothing" is a romantic comedy in which two friends, Beatrice and Benedick,

Extracts from this document...


Wednesday 11th December 2002 Coursework As a director, how would you direct Act Two, Scene three to enhance the comedy? Shakespeare's "much ado about nothing" is a romantic comedy in which two friends, Beatrice and Benedick, are deceived into thinking that each one loves the other. Act Two, scene three is the tricking of Benedick by Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio. It is a pivotal scene within the play and the director of any production of "much ado about nothing". Would need to consider with care how this could be staged. I have decided to set important scene in a restaurant, where you always have a constant level of noise and action, which would make the scene far more interesting. The customers and waiters walking around around the scene would add a different dimension to the play, you can do much more when there are more characters, and although the customers and waiters are not characters, they help enhance the comedy. The particular restaurant is a large, yet busy restaurant set in Rome, with passionate people, to enhance the comedy. Set in the modern day, the scene begins with Don Pedro walking down a footpath along side the restaurant, Leonato and Claudio are jogging behind him trying to keep up with him, he then holds open the large restaurant door and as both Leonato and Claudio walk under his arm (which is holding the door) ...read more.


Don Pedro gives a disguised smile, to Leonato indicating that he had corrected his sentence, and it had passed off well. Benedick changes his look of confusion to hope, and says quietly in an almost "dream like" manor, "Is't possible?" he looks to the beautifully decorated ceiling of the restaurant "Sits the wind in that corner?" Benedick still starring at the ceiling, losses balance and falls of his chair, to the ground, a waiter carrying an open bottle of red wine is tripped by Benedick's body, and accidentally pours the contents of the bottle onto Benedick's clean white shirt, The waiter storms off into the kitchen, while Benedick looks dazed by the conversation he has just over heard, takes his seat again and acts as if almost nothing has happened. Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato know what has happened and all three face down into the table putting their fists into their mouth, to stop the sounds of laughter, portrayed by the rest of the restaurant. Leonato then says, nearly forgetting what to say, "By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think of it", he pauses, forgetting what to say and continues, "But that she loves him with an enraged affection, it is past infinite of thought." Leonato speaks clearly and loudly, but the words, "love" and "enraged" are particularly said with exceptional enthusiasm. ...read more.


Then Don Pedro asks, "Why what effects of passion shows she?" He says the word "passion" quieter than the rest of the sentence, which is spoken relatively loud, and at that point his head lowers looking onto his plate. Claudio then says, "Bait the hook well, this fish will bite." He says this under his breath, and at the end of his sentence he bangs his fist against the table, rattling the plates as he does so. Benedick doesn't hear the words very well, and puts his ear to the table, in an attempt to hear more clearly, however he gets shocked by the bang of the fist on the table he falls down. Benedick is hit by someone's foot, and the faces above the table indicate their pleasure in his pain, however Benedick struggles to conceal his pain, and even cries out at one point, but restraints himself from doing so again. Benedick puts his fist in his mouth to prevent him from crying with pain, however he instead losses balance and falls to the ground, hitting one of the men's foot, to which Leonato then kicks Benedick. Don Pedro pushes Leonato to tell him that the plan will be spoilt if Benedick knows that they are there. The three men look very content and happy with there trickery. I believe that there is much comic potential within this scene, and I have tried to show this through my chosen setting. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Much Ado About Nothing section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Much Ado About Nothing essays

  1. How Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is presented in Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado about Nothing?'

    indeed my lord, he lent it me awhile, and I gave him use for it' here Beatrice highlights her heartache, At this point the audience see a softer side to Beatrice and it becomes apparent that her wit is her shield.

  2. In which ways does much ado about nothing display elements of both romantic comedy ...

    At this time the play runs parallel to later on in the play when Claudio hears rumours about Hero and automatically jumps to conclusions. This time he is not punished for his false accusations but is later on in the play by Leonato.

  1. Explain Benedick's change of heart by the end of Act 2 scene 3 ...

    As shown in Act 1 scene 1 he says 'that a woman conceived me, I thank her: that she brought me up' meaning he thanks the woman who gave birth to him who is his mother. Benedick is portrayed as having respect towards women in general unlike the men of that time.

  2. During Act 1 Scene 1 in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing,' up until Act ...

    The actor could use a range of facial expression to portray his emotion, depending how the director wishes the audience to interpret his reaction. "Hath she made her affection known to Benedick?" Line 109 As soon as Benedick hears this news and is on his own, he nearly immediately declares he will return her love.

  1. How far would you agree that Much Ado About Nothing is simply comedy?

    The next comic scene involving Dogberry and his Watch is Act 3 Scene 5 where Leonato is preparing for his daughter's wedding when Dogberry and Verges come to talk about the arrest of Borachio and Conrade. This is crucial but Dogberry and Verges continue to ramble and Leonato doesn't understand anything.

  2. Much Ado About Nothing' was written in the years 1598-9 and was know for ...

    BEATRICE: You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eat it, he is a very trencher man, he hath and excellent stomach. She is saying to Benedick that this is the only way he does good service by eating, but then the messenger defends him by saying he is a good person.

  1. Letter to Theatre Director

    The first part, when Claudio publicly shames Hero when he accuses her of being unfaithful. The scene should open with a typical outside modern wedding, seating, an alter and flowers for example; guests should already be in their seats when the scene opens; the lighting should be soft, with colour

  2. Much AdoAbout Nothing Essay - 'A Sparkling Comedy'

    Dogberry: 'Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover they have spoke untruths; secondarily they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and to conclude, they are lying knaves.' Here, clearly, Dogberry is coming across as very foolish.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work