Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2015
Love’s Labour’s Lost Sam Alexander (King of Navarre), Peter Basham (Gamekeeper), William Belchambers (Longaville), Edward Bennett (Berowne), Nick Haverson (Costard), Emma Manton (Jaquenetta), John Hodgkinson (Don Armado), Tunji Kasim (Dumaine) Christopher Luscombe (director)
Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.
Shakespeare's sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours.
Loves Labour’s Won (or, Much Ado About Nothing) Sam Alexander (Don John), David Horovitch (Leonato), Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice), Tunji Kasim (Claudio), Chris Nayak (Borachio), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Hero) & Nick Haverson (Dogberry) Simon Godwin (director)
Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers returns from the trenches. The world weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own rather more combative courtship.
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Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.
Containing Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (Love’s Labours Won), this double set features outstanding Royal Shakespeare Company productions available at mid-price for the very first time.