Love’s Labour’s Lost (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Sex has a tricky habit of getting in the way. So discover the Lords of Navarre when, soon after they swear an oath of celibacy, the alluring Ladies of France arrive on the scene.

Despite this young cast’s fashionably modern attire, their production feels rather lacklustre. It is slick but lacks heart; there is no relish in the lovers’ quick-fire exchanges. The opening scene is engaging and the tragi-comic ending poignant, but it is uninspiring overall. Something is missing – call it oomph. Or perhaps there’s just too much sitting around. The Lords’ choreographed number (comic hip-thrusting to George Harrison’s ‘Set On You’) shakes things up – but only while the song lasts.

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Love's Labour's Lost

  • 2 stars

Four lords find their oaths - to avoid women and study - upturned by the arrival of four seductive ladies of France. Romantic advances, clever banter and inappropriate teasing, all in the name of love! Shakespeare's unique, witty comedy.


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