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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds In Much Ado About Nothing, I played the character of Hero. And she’s one of the central characters. But she’s a much more traditional women from Shakespeare’s day, or how people in that time would have expected women to be. So she’s quiet. She’s obedient, she’s kind. She wants to fall in love. She falls in love at first sight with Claudio. They get married very quickly. But also, she’s very vulnerable, and she becomes a victim.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds She’s basically become part of the trick, and she’s very, very vulnerable in that way. So she’s a very fun and complex character, but probably a simpler character to play than Beatrice, who’s much more modern. A modern day women, I suppose. She’s complicated. She’s witty. She’s nasty. She doesn’t want to do what she’s told. She doesn’t want to listen to what men say just because they’re men and she’s a woman. So that dynamic, the difference of the two women, is a great part of the story. So that was very fun to play. Also, the comedy is fun.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds It’s great when the audience laugh at you when Hero and the maid are trying to trick Beatrice by pretending that Benedick is in love with her. And they know she’s listening, but they’re pretending that she’s not. That seems really fun. You can tell the audience are gripped. So it’s a really fun play to do.

Hero and Beatrice

Susan Hingley has played Hero in Much Ado About Nothing.

In this video, she compares the two main female characters, Hero and Beatrice.

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  • Beatrice

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