Over in Lenox, they are dusting off one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost, which was written around 1594 (in the same era as Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). This fresh version will explode onto the boards of the Tina Packer Playhouse with a burst of witty wordplay, puns, rhymes and clever allusions which fill every corner of the stage. It’s the first time this gem has been done at Shakespeare & Co.’s Kemble Street campus.
With long-time Company artist and director Lisa Wolpe at the helm, she promises a fast-paced, hilarious and moving production with plenty of twists and surprises. Featuring a cast of 16 Company favorites and new-comers, Love’s Labour’s Lost runs June 22–September 1. (More performance and ticket information below.)
The classic story will be set in more recent times, and follows four young noblemen of Navarre who have taken a vow to study for three years and not to see women. Suddenly, they are presented with four beautiful French women who show up at their court. Once the young scholars set eyes on the ladies of France, they flounder in the open space between reason and instinct, books and common sense, man and woman.
Hence, the fun begins.