LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

13 – 28 July 2018

Love’s Labour’s Lost is Shakespeare’s most dazzling comedy; 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.

Summer 1939. Inspired by the legendary Bloomsbury Group (read the Blog), a group of friends have descended on a small riverside village, seeking a quiet rural retreat. However, despite their best attempts to commit to scholarly devotion, they soon discover they cannot resist the temptations before them...and that's not just the cakes! With all scholarly devotion thrown into chaos, even the local villagers become embroiled in the love-struck couples’ antics, including a chaotic pageant of classical heroes.

With Kalinka dancing, a Charleston, Noel Coward songs and gorgeous 30's music, Love's Labour's Lost promises to be a fizzing confection of a show! See the Blog for more rehearsal photos

"An infectious sense of escalating absurdity infuses the whole production, eventually breaking with enough force to ensure that the play’s final twist feels every bit as wrenching as it should." The Stage

"Robust, elegant and heart-breaking comedy – not to be missed" Guildford Dragon

"cleverly witty and very funny" British Theatre Guide

 

Meet the Love's Labour's Lost Company

Director TOM LITTLER , 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 Nothing, The Wind in the Willows and Twelfth Night.

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

COMPANY

COSTARD Elaine Claxton

KATHERINE/MOTH Sally Cheng

BEROWNE Gavin Fowler

PRINCESS OF FRANCE Sarah Gobran

MARIA/JACQUENETTA Paula James

LONGAVILLE/CONSTABLE DULL Robert Maskell

DON ADRIANO DE AMARDO/BOYET Matt Pinches

KING OF NAVARRE/NATHANIEL Chris Porter

ROSALINE Natasha Rickman

DUMAINE/HOLOFERNES James Sheldon

 

ARTISTIC TEAM

Director & Adaptor Tom Littler

Designer Neil Irish

Sound Designer Matt Eaton

Lighting Designer Mark Dymock

Musical Director Tom Jack Merivale

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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