Buy Tickets From the 2011-2012 Season: Love’s Labour’s Lost Playing November 03, 2011 to November 27, 2011

A 2007 Suzi Recommended Show!

2007 LLL Cast

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! 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.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series!

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday November 13 after the show!

Read the Plot 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.

-Pocket Guide to Shakespeare by J C Trewin

Director's Notes

Directed by Laura Cole

Show Information


Act I - 70 min / Act II - 70 min

Show Roles

Nov 3-27, 2011
Ferdinand, King of Navarre - Andrew Houchins*
Berowne, Lord attending on the King - Jeff McKerley*
Longaville, Lord attending on the King - Daniel Parvis
Dumain, Lord attending on the King - Jonathan Horne
Don Adriano de Armado, a Spaniard - Jeff Watkins
Moth, Armado’s page - Matthew Felten
Holofernes, a schoolmaster - Doug Kaye*
Sir Nathaniel, a curate - Matt Nitchie
Dull, a constable - Matt Baum
Costard, a peasant clown - J. Tony Brown*
Jaquenetta, a country wench - Rivka Levin*
A Forester - Matt Baum
The Princess of France - Mary Russell
Rosaline, Lady attending on the Princess - Laura Cole
Maria, Lady attending on the Princess - Kati Grace Morton
Katharine, Lady attending on the Princess - Antonia LaChé
Boyet, Lord attending on the Princess - Troy Willis*
Marcade, Lord attending on the Princess - Matt Baum

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.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. 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. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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