Love's Labour's Lost

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life by Dominic Dromgoole.

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Love is familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love. 

When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure - particularly of the female variety - in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions.

Shakespeare's boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life, is a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright's comic arsenal: from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations, to drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls. Even more, it is a joyful banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes, bizarre syntax, grotesque coinages and parodies.

Jonathan Fensom's knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast.

Dominic Dromgoole's zestful production succeeds in captivating the audience to a degree that I would not have thought possible ... It’s a treat.  


As dewy as a morning in May... this production lands every joke ... As the ensemble scampers merrily and distractedly in Elizabethan garb... there’s a feeling of springtime headiness, of fresh sap rising. 

New York Times

With a delightful design and jaunty music it has abundant charm ... Entirely enchanting. 

The Times

Sends its audience out in a mood of high exultation. 


Love's Labour's Lost was staged and filmed live at Shakespeare's Globe in 2009 and is part of the Shakespeare's Globe Collection.

Production photography © John Hayes.

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