Plot overview

A quick plot summary of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy set in Italy. It’s about men and women, love, pretence and disguises. It’s about how hatred can turn so easily into love, and love so easily into hatred. There’s a villain that messes it all up for everybody, but like all good stories, the heroes win through in the end.


  • Don Pedro and his men arrive in Messina.
  • There is a masked ball where Don John causes trouble.
  • Beatrice and Benedick are set up and begin to fall in love.
  • Don John and Borachio trick Claudio and Don Pedro.
  • Claudio publically shames Hero on their wedding day.
  • Dogberry’s men overhear Borachio boasting and arrest him.
  • Claudio marries Hero’s cousin, but his bride turns out to be Hero.
  • Beatrice and Benedick realise that they were set up, but want to marry each other anyway.