Shakespeare's Globe revives its hit 2007 production of Shakespeare's tale about four noblemen who attempt to give up every form of pleasure in favour of study.
Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost revolves around the King of Navarre and three of his courtiers, who forswear every kind of pleasure, including romance, for three years in order to immerse themselves in study and education. But a visit from the Princess of France and her lovely entourage soon has this all-male ‘academe’ leaving its near-monastic life behind, tearing up its own strict rulebook and attempting to woo the new objects of their affections in any way possible. Presents, poetry and disguises are all utilised in their struggle to win the ladies’ hearts.
Love’s Labour’s Lost is a play celebrating the claims of young love, a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright’s comic arsenal; from excruciating cross-purposes to silly impersonations, drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls.
This production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Shakespeare’s Globe‘s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, was first staged at the famous theatre in 2007, when the review in the Observer said it: “Sends its audience out in a mood of high exultation”.