Time & Place
schools, shakespeare companies, regional, university, outdoor productions
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen characters
King Ferdinand of Navarre has sworn an oath that for three years, he will transform his kingdom into an “academe” (a little academy). His subjects will reject the world’s pleasures, including women, in favor of an ascetic lifestyle and a complete commitment to their studies. Trouble comes in the form of The Princess of France and her three ladies-in-waiting (Rosaline, Maria and Katherine), with whom the King and his lords (Berowne, Longaville, and Dumaine) fall in love almost immediately. Love’s Labour's Lost details the antics that ensue when one attempts to deny one’s instincts, but is confronted with the overwhelming power of love.