Buy Tickets From the 2017-2018 Season: Love’s Labour’s Lost Playing March 31, 2018 to April 22, 2018

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday March 29, 2018
$20 General Admission Preview Friday March 30, 2018

Can three young men attempt to honor their pledge to avoid the opposite sex, food, drink and sleep, for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative? Not in Shakespeare's world and certainly not at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse! After three young women arrive on the scene, the result is far from a blissful pondering of noble deeds and nobler thoughts. Join us for muscovites, masks and lessons about love in this lyrical comedy.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday April 8 after the show!

“Barrymore” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Read the Plot Synopsis

Love’s Labour’s Lost Synopsis

Ferdinand, King of Navarre, and three of his lords, have sworn to study for three years during which no woman shall come within a mile of them. They are swayed almost at once by the arrival of the Princess of France, with three of her ladies, to discuss her father’s debts to the King.

Costard, the clown, told to deliver two letters, muddles them so that a letter from Armado, a courtier, to the village wench, Jaquenetta, is read to the Princess and her ladies, and a love sonnet from Berowne to Rosaline is read (for Jaquenetta) by Sir Nathanial, the curate. Holofernes, the schoolmaster, tells the girl to show it to Ferdinand. She does so just when, in succession, the young men have caught each other reciting love-rhymes. Berowne, in an irresistible lyrical speech, claims that love belongs to study, that women’s eyes are “the books, the arts, the academes,/That show, contain and nourish all the world.”

Presently they meet the ladies – who have taken pains to trick them – in an unsuccessful mock-Russian entertainment. At length they are settled, watching the masque of the Nine Worthies, arranged by Armado and Holofernes, when Marcade brings new to the Princes that her father has died. She and her ladies prepare to leave, having put their lovers on probation, with tasks for a year and a day before they can come together. But before departing they listen in the twilight to the villagers’ songs of spring and winter – the cuckoo and the owl.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin


Director's Notes

Directed by Jaclyn Hofmann

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Show Roles

Performances March 31-April 22, 2018

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
6
 
What does rating this mean?

These are plays you may have read in high school or college. The plot is fairly uncomplicated, though some of the themes may be dense or dark. These plays may include supernatural elements, straight-forward politics, historical content or religious content. In these plays, there may also be bawdy language and certain adult situations. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show.

Note for all plays: The performers of The Atlanta Shakespeare Company are specially trained to make Shakespeare’s text and intention clear, no matter the plot or the subject matter. They know precisely how to get to the emotional core of each line, each moment, each scene. We promise you will understand everything! Leave the heavy lifting to us!

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