In film or television, the audience is not a living community of spectators who are implicated in the play’s processes of noting, overhearing and watching. Nevertheless, screen versions direct the gaze of viewers at scenes which are often not realisable on stage. To explore some effects of screen adaptation in Much Ado, this chapter will analyse two television productions adapted from the stage, alongside the BBC TV production directed by Stuart Burge and the Renaissance Theatre Company’s 1993 film, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
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