Key plot details

A timeline of the major events in the plot of Much Ado About Nothing
  1. Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro return from the war and arrive at Leonato's house.
  2. Benedick and Beatrice tease each other and Claudio falls in love with Hero.
  3. Don John and Borachio plot to deceive Claudio at the masked ball.
  4. Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio trick Benedick into believing Beatrice loves him. A similar trick is played on Beatrice by Hero and Ursula.
  5. Don John tells Claudio his wife-to-be is unfaithful.
  6. Claudio refuses Hero at the altar. The friar advises Leonato to announce that his daughter is dead.
  7. Don Pedro and Claudio discover they were wrong about Hero. Claudio agrees to make amends by marrying Antonio's 'daughter' without seeing her.
  8. At the wedding Claudio is delighted to unveil his new bride and find Hero.
  9. Benedick and Beatrice agree to marry.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy about misunderstandings, deception and love.