The setting for the adaptation was a news studio where all the main characters were employed. For those familiar with Shakespeare’s play, Beatrice and Benedick were feuding co-presenters, Hero the weather girl, Leonard the station manager and Claude (Claudio) the sports presenter. Don was a jealous visual effects manager. To fit into the present time and the studio setting, there were some slight variations to the story, but in general the plot was similar.
One variation that I noted was the use of a Shakespeare Sonnet that Beatrice and Benedick discuss in place of the poems which they had written about one another in the original play. The other notable variation was that Hero and Claude do not marry. This perhaps fitted a more current approach, with all U3A attendees suggesting that they would not have forgiven Claude after what he had done to Hero on their wedding day.
An interesting question is whether this was a comedy or tragedy. One person summed it up as rather a comedy of errors.
Our current plan is to watch 12 Angry Men next month, based on a play by Reginald Rose. This will be our last session for the year. Everyone is invited to join us as an introduction to Film and Literature for next year.