* ActorAllusion: The part of Dogberry was written for William Kempe, the actor who played Bottom in ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', which adds a whole new level to the "I am an ass" rant.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The 2011 RSC production starred Creator/DavidTennant [[VitriolicBestBuds and]] Creator/CatherineTate as [[SlapSlapKiss Benedick and Beatrice]]. As always seems to happen when Tate is playing opposite Tennant, SheReallyCanAct ensued.
* RealLifeRelative:
** Kenneth Branagh (Benedick) and Emma Thompson (Beatrice) were married in real life when the Branagh film was made.
** Emma Thompson's mother, Phyllida Law, plays Beatrice's maid, Ursula.