One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing centers on the foibles of two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero. Obstaclesrevolve around the union of two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, but the real main event is the hilarious and biting love-hate relationship of Beatrice and Benedick, featuring the "merry war" of the sexes. Benedick thinks he hates Beatrice, but he really loves her. Beatrice thinks she hates Benedick, but she really loves him. The first act is pure delight as Beatrice and Benedick's friends and family conspire to get the two together, and the second act finds them united in trying to clear the names of Claudio and Hero, who have been slandered by a jealous rival.