Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

Shakespeare's Globe · 23 AUG - 15 SEP

‘They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.’ Act V, scene 1


Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the Princess of France and her entourage arrive, it isn’t long before the all-male ‘academe’ have broken every one of their self-imposed rules. Shakespeare’s boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life is a dazzling parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright’s arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. It’s a banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages.

Critic reviews

There’s real delicacy of feeling in this production as well as full-blooded fun

The Independent

Gratingly zany take on Shakespeare’s so-so early comedy

Time Out

Bagnall frames the play as a wistful look back at a carefree summer


Shakespearian romantic comedy contains plenty of slapstick but makes a labour out of everything else

The Stage

Silliness reigns in zany version of Shakespeare's comic oddity

Evening Standard

A high-camp account of a slippery play

The Telegraph

Cheeky laughs and delicate chemistry

The Guardian

A good cast has been given its head to such an extent that the fun of individual moments tends to overpower their significance to the story

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 23 Aug - Sat 15 Sep, 7.45pm & 2.15pm


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