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Love's Labour's Lost


Love's Labour's Lost was broadcast 11 February 2015. Please see cinema listings for details of encore screenings.

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare's sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (usually known as Much Ado About Nothing).

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This is a live screening of our new production of Love's Labour's Lost, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 23 September 2014 – 14 March 2015. Visit the production website.

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