Theatre Royal Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT
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Opened: 12 Dec 2016
Booking from: 17 Mar 2017
Booking until: 18 Mar 2017
Duration: 2 hours 37 minutes (including 20 minute interval)
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  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 88 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Love's Labour's Lost, 17th January 2017
    Thoroughly enjoyed this production, which was incredibly funny but also extremely touching. Thought the set design was brilliant and transporting the story to pre-First World War was inspired. Excellent performances from Edward Bennett and Lisa Dillon. Definitely preferred this production to its "Much Ado" counterpart.
    What an amazing seat! It's dead centre of the row, three rows back from the front. You can see well above the people in front of you and get an incredible overall view of the stage. It's a fairly narrow seat and the legroom isn't great, but you ignore this for the exceptional view. Would definitely sit here again!
  • sarahhollis 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Love's Labour's Lost, 9th January 2017
    I am not an expert when it comes to Shakespeare but this lesser known comedy was so superbly acted and staged, I would be surprised if anyone walked away from the theatre disappointed. The acting was first class all round and the stage sets beautiful and obviously well researched. Go see it soon!
    Sat in Stalls G15
    Not normally a Stalls fan but these central seats are fantastic, you could study the actors close up and smell the action from here! Would definitely buy again.
  • TheShowMan 178cm male 38 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Love's Labour's Lost, 13th December 2016
    Great view and could see everything. Really comfortable seat too. Would recommend sitting here!
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  • joc78 5"4 female 139 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Love's Labour's Lost, 22nd December 2016
    Another excellent show from the RSC. This was the first time I had seen Love's Labours Lost and it didn't disappoint. There was plenty of laughter and the acting was of the usual RSC standard (i.e. excellent!)
    Sat in Stalls D14
    This is a great seat to the left hand side of the stage as you look at it. You are very close to the action but not so close that your head is straining. For this particular production (Love's Labours Lost) some of the scenery/props meant that you couldn't see everything that was happening on stage but it didn't detract from my enjoyment. A comfortable seat with good legroom.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket offers the best views in the Stalls, with the clearest views in the mid-front. Sit in the front of the Upper Circles for the best view on a budget.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Christopher Luscombe (Nell Gwynn) turned his hand to two of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, having ran at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season. In collaboration with the RSC and Chichester Festival Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, otherwise known as Love’s Labour’s Won ran in rep. Following a successful 2014 run in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester, the double-bill opened in the West End on December 9th 2016.

Love’s Labour’s Lost is catapulted into pre-war 1914, following the King and his friends as they pledge to avoid all women for a firm three years. Unfortunately, their oath comes under scrutiny when the pleasant Princess of France and her lovely ladies-in-waiting arrive. Widely acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost examines the influence of the female sex, suggesting that they may be the most powerful gender of all. Only at the end of the play are the lovers forced to be apart, as the world takes a dark turn into the beginnings of the devastating World War One.

Following his recent appearance in Photograph 51, Edward Bennett played Berowne, a role that has previously been portrayed by Shakespeare connoisseur Kenneth Branagh. Lisa Dillon joined him playing Rosaline. Dillon is best known for her other work at the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as her much loved television role as Mary Smith in Cranford. Love’s Labour’s Lost was directed by Christopher Luscombe, who had recently enjoyed success with Nell Gwynn and had also helmed popular productions Wicked and The Madness of King George III. The production also featured design by Simon Higlett, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Jeremy Dunn and choreography by Jenny Arnold.

Love’s Labour’s Lost appeared as part of the Shakespeare celebrations, marking 400 years since his death, with several Shakespeare plays taking place across London at venues including the Barbican. Having opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on December 9th, Love’s Labour’s Lost ran until March 18th 2017.
Fans of Shakespeare will enjoy seeing this new adaptation of one of his less-performed comedies, which places the production pre-war. Love’s Labour’s Lost is recommended for ages 11 and up.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children