Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing.—A comedy by Shakespeare. It was first printed in 1600. The play was known as Benedict and Bettris  in 1613, and is probably the same as Love's Labor's Won. The story of Hero is taken with some variations from one of Bandello's tales, which probably was borrowed from the story of Geneura and Ariodantes in the Orlando Furioso  of Ariosto. This part of the play, however, is subordinated by Shakespeare to the loves of Benedict and Beatrice.