13 – 28 July 2018

University of Law, Portsmouth Road, Guildford

Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees 2.30pm
Preview 13 July
No performances on Sundays
Running Time Approx. 2hrs 30 mins (including interval)

Full £25 | Concession £21 | under 16 £16.50
Family £80 | Preview £18/£15 | Mon standby* £15
(*Students only, subject to availability)

SAVE £5 when booking for BOTH Summer 2018 shows at the same time. Not applicable to Family or Preview tickets

(1 teacher free for every 10 pupils)

REVIEWS (from Summer 2017)

“…an evening of pure theatrical pleasure.” British Theatre Guide

" absolute delight last night. Stylish Shakespeare as the sun goes down; can’t really fault it" Audience member

"They just get better and better... tangible Shakespeare for everyone"


Love’s Labour’s Lost is possibly Shakespeare’s most dazzling comedy; it is, at turns, poetic, rude, robust and graceful, and yet utterly heart-breaking at the same time. Every character is playing the ‘game of love’ and no-one knows who’s going to win or lose.

Transported from the play’s original setting of Navarre in Northern Spain, GSC’s production is set in the summer of 1939 at a riverside location in the Sussex countryside. Here, Ferdinand, Berowne, Dumain, and Longaville, members of the Bloomsbury Group, have sought a quiet rural retreat, to immerse themselves in their books. However, they are soon joined by three more effervescent female members of the Group, including the Princess of France. With all scholarly devotion thrown into chaos, even the local villagers become embroiled in the love-struck couples’ antics. Read the synopsis (warning: plot spoilers!)

Written around the same time as Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors, it is also one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, as director TOM LITTLER observes: “It's unique in that it has no source material for the plot - this is Shakespeare's only original narrative, not borrowed from an existing story. It has a real confidence - you sense the youngish playwright learning to trust that his words and language will keep an audience entertained.

Tom, who is currently the Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, in London’s West End, returns to GSC following his triumphs with Much Ado About NothingThe Wind in the Willows and Twelfth Night.

Much Ado About Nothing 2016 (c) Matt Pereira

Join us for an evening of elegance and elation in equal measure - and don't forget to bring a picnic!


We're very excited to announce that three more actors will be joining the summer company for Love's Labour's Lost:

ELAINE CLAXTON has most recently been working with Tom Littler at Jermyn Street. Prior to this, Elaine's career includes numerous appearances at the National Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and TV shows such as Emmerdale, Doc Martin and Wire in the Blood. She has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company four times, and can currently be heard as regular characters on Radio 4's WW1 drama Home Front.

NATASHA RICKMAN has appeared a number of times with GSC's friends Creation Theatre in Oxford and in The Mousetrap in the West End. Amongst others, she has worked at Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre and the English Theatre of Frankfurt. Natasha is also co-founder of Women at RADA, an initiative campaigning for gender equality in theatre.

MATT PINCHES completes the Love's Labour's Lost cast, and is GSC other Co-Founder and Producer

Click on their photo to find out who they're playing...(in alphabetical order)


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Audio Described Performance

Saturday 28 July, 2.30pm


Director & Adaptor Tom Littler

Designer Neil Irish

Sound Designer Matt Eaton

Lighting Designer Mark Dymock

Fight Director Philip d'Orleans

Associate Director & Choreographer Gabrielle Bird

Assistant Designer Anett Black

Production Manager Chris Wilson

GSC Company Stage Manager Beth Sweeney

Deputy Stage Manager Vicki Jukes


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