Unfolds Theatre sets Shakespeare’s playful and less well-known comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, in Hollywood’s Golden era for a sparkling new production that opened last night at London’s historic Rose Playhouse.
Set pre-Weinstein, Love’s Labour’s Lost follows scandalous allegations and rumours of impropriety in the court of the King of Navarre. He and his men resolve that “the mind shall banquet, though the body pine”.
Berowne is invited by his boss to undertake three years of intense study, renouncing the company of women.
But how long can they dodge Cupid’s arrow when the Princess of France and her vivacious ladies come to town?
The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire.
But this 80-minute comedy of romance, mistaken identity and moral dilemma stresses it modern credentials with its diverse and 50/50 mixed cast “so we hope it helps to set the agenda of casting on the right track,” says producer Pepe Pryke.
Directed by Marnie Nash, the production stars Michelle Barwood, Alec Bennie, Angus Castle-Doughty, Julie Cheung-Inhin, Nicholas Delvalle, Joshua Jewkes and Jordan Leigh Harris.
Love’s Labour’s Lost runs at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, until March 24.