Love's Labour's Lost (RSC)
Sam Alexande (King of Navarre); Peter Basham (Butler); William Belchambers (Longaville); Edward Bennett (Berowne); Nick Haverson (Costard); Emma Manton (Jaquenetta); John Hodgkinson (Don Armado); Tunji Kasim (Dumaine); Christopher Luscombe (Director);
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-inwaiting 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.
"The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★" (This is the most blissfully entertaining and emotionally involving RSC offering I’ve seen in ages.)