The watch was reduced to Dogberry and Verges
, who were, inexplicably, played as "made" guys, with leather jackets and Jersey accents.
Richard Ziman and Edwin Owens get their laughs as the comic constables Dogberry and Verges
(though they are a bit plodding); Owens reappears later as an effective Friar Francis.
Claudio is deceived by his jealous cousin into believing that his lover, Hero, is unfaithful--a plot unveiled by the bumbling constables Dogberry and Verges
. Meanwhile, Beatrice and Benedick have "a kind of merry war" between them, matching wits in clever repartee that anticipates other playfully teasing literary couples.