Much Ado About Nothing
One of Shakespeare's later comedies, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of two very different sets of lovers: Beatrice and Benedick, and Claudio and Hero. Love, they say, is blind, and so it seems as misleading appearances, mistaken identities and deceptions both playful and perverse unfold. As Beatrice and Benedick wage a merry war of witty insults, the villainous Don John plots to destroy Hero's and Claudio's happiness. But the Don is thwarted by the redoubtable Dogberry, and though "men were deceivers ever", true love eventually prevails - even, it seems, over death itself.