With Love’s Labor’s Lost, Shakespeare created a feast of language, rich with rhymed verse, wordplay and witty banter. The play begins with King Navarre and three of his noblemen renouncing the world’s pleasures—especially women—for the world of academia. But when the Princess of France and her three ladies arrive, the men find themselves helplessly falling in love. With clever repartee equaling that of Much Ado’s Beatrice and Benedick, Shakespeare depicts a battle of the sexes where the men receive their schooling from four learned ladies. This production traveled to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 2006.
“Clever and colorful…A production that neither British nor D.C. audiences will soon forget.”
–Paul Harris, Variety
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