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The juxtaposition of pleasure and pain in Much Ado About Nothing makes it memorable. I changed my name in tribute to the play

By David Benedict   May 2011

 

Anyone near a TV set in the 1970s or 1980s will remember the legendary Victor Kiam, the überperky president of Remington, brandishing an electric razor and exclaiming “I liked it so much, I bought the company!” While exposure to Much Ado About Nothing didn’t make me shell out for a manufacturing multinational, the play did have an equally galvanising effect on me: I liked it so much, I changed my name.

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