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Love's Labour's Lost Tickets

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.

Performance dates: 17 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017

Running time: 2 hours 37 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for very young children

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: 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.

Latest Audience Reviews

Another great interpretation of Shakespeare from the RSC. Love's Labour's Lost is brought up to E... More

helenkeegan 20 Jul 2017

Another great interpretation of Shakespeare from the RSC. Love's Labour's Lost is brought up to Edwardian times and World War One and it works rather well. I thought I might find the Shakespearean script a bit tricky as I wasn't familiar with the play beforehand, but there was no need to worry as it was fine and I could keep up with everything.

helenkeegan 20 Jul 2017

Great seat, would be happy to sit here again but would prefer to be slightly more central if anyt... More

simondowling Top 200 reviewer11 Jul 2017

Great seat, would be happy to sit here again but would prefer to be slightly more central if anything. Decent distance from stage, not too close or far away, as to miss anything.

simondowling Top 200 reviewer11 Jul 2017

I like the play, the actors were good and the set is beautiful.

sergioAraujo Top 100 reviewer21 Jan 2018
simondowling Top 200 reviewer11 Jul 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this production, which was incredibly funny but also extremely touching. Thoug... More

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer02 Feb 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.

susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer02 Feb 2017

Another excellent show from the RSC. This was the first time I had seen Love's Labours Lost and... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer04 Jan 2017

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!)

joc78 Top 10 reviewer04 Jan 2017
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