DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1600 Shakespeare, William Much Ado About Nothing

Reference Information

DEEP #: 295
Greg #: 168a
STC/Wing #: 22304
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 36
Date of First Publication: 1600
Date of First Production: 1598
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Total Editions: 1 quarto, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: Much adoe about Nothing.
Author: Written by William Shakespeare.
Performance: As it hath been sundrie times publikely acted by the right honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants.
Imprint: LONDON Printed by V. S. for Andrew Wise, and William Aspley. 1600.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Simmes, Valentine
Publisher: Wise, Andrew; Aspley, William
Entries in Stationers' Register: Aug 4, 1600(?): "The commedie of muche A doo about nothinge. / a booke / to be staied".
Aug 23, 1600: Entered to Andrew Wise and William Aspley: "Twoo bookes. the one called: Muche a Doo about nothinge. ... Wrytten by mr Shakespere".