Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;
Our court shall be a little Academe,
Still and contemplative in living art.
— Ferdinand Act I Sc 1
The King of Navarre and his friends vow to spend three years in secluded study, but the arrival of the Princess of France and her attendants undermines their resolve...
Love's Labour's Lost is a witty battle of the sexes. Four idealistic men more than find their match in four resourceful women as Love triumphs over Academe. A crowd of comic characters - led by an eccentric Spaniard - create confusion as the plot twists and turns towards a surprising end.
The play offers spectacle, music and dance - all part of the tradition established by the Abbey Shakespeare Players in the magical setting of St Dogmaels Abbey.
From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain, and nourish all the world.
— Berowne Act IV Sc 3
|King Ferdinand of Navarre||Joe Kao|
|The Princess of France||Annie Sheen|
|First Lord||Charlie Guest|
|Second Lord||Tim Chadwick|
|Marcade, a messenger||Ian Wood|
|Don Adriano de Armado||Andrew Frank|
|Moth, his page||Martyn Wigley|
|Nathaniel, a curate||John Skevington|
|Holofernia, a schoolmistress||Georgina Ferry|
|Dull, a constable||Henry Morris|
|Costard, a clown||Will Long|
|Jaquenetta, a country wench||Brook Newland|
|Villagers||Jane Morris, Ann Christys, Ann Shepherd, Hermione Miltiadou|
|Lighting and Technical||David Long|
|Set Decoration||David Long, Penny Miltiadou|
|Wardrobe||Stephanie Ross, Jane Kipling|
|Properties||Penny Miltiadou, Claire Milinczuk|
|Programme/T-shirt design||Fred Orton|
|Front of House||Vanora Clowes, Jane Hall, Janet Paynter, Geoff & Trish Walker|
|Local Support||Mike and Jane Hall|
|Set||Robert Fitzmartin and Henry VIII|
Musicians and voices
|Flute||Aimee Baker, Marcus Mattison|
|Keyboards||Andrew Wilshere, Tim Chadwick|
|Percussion||Ann Christys, Doug Bransden, Katie Macleod|
|Spring||Jane Morris, Ann Christys, Ann Shepherd|
|Owls and Cuckoos||The Company|