El director also quite notably dons his acting hat in this production, playing Signior Benedick in a battle of wits, wills, and wooing opposite the Lady Beatrice, played by Branagh’s real-life wife at the time of production, Emma Thompson. Branagh and Thompson are a fantastic pairing here, bringing crucial chemistry as their love/hate relationship is so central to Much Ado.
|Thompson and Branagh as Beatrice and Benedick|
|He knows he's good: Denzel as Don Pedro|
|Keaton as Dogberry, ignoring his partner Verges (Ben Elton)|
See it for yourself: Much Ado About Nothing