Love’s Labour’s Lost – 2012
Director Steph Hamer
Our wooing doth not end like an old play:
Jack hath not Jill.These ladies’ courtesy
Might well hath made our sport a comedy.
Come, sir, it wants a twelve month and a day
And then ‘twill end.
That’s too long for a play.
Act V. Scene 2
Love’s Labour’s Lost is a fun romantic comedy mocking men for their susceptibility to fall head-over-heels in love with a beautiful woman! This delightful play is full of love poems and letters, gifts and entertainment; words to make your heart sing and words to make your head swim!
It is a story in which a King and three lords, shadowed by a group of lowlier characters, swear an oath to study for three years, living a life of austerity, but then break their vows by falling in love with a visiting Princess and her three ladies, and are subsequently separated from their women for a year and a day when the Princess hears of her father’s death. It is a charming and touching tale in which the women definitely come out on top!!!
Love’s Labour’s Lost has finally come into its own. After more than three centuries of neglect, this play is now popular for precisely those qualities which previously kept it from favour. It has no towering central role: no Hamlet or Falstaff, and in the days of Garrick and the Victorian actor-managers, when audiences demanded star actors playing star parts, this made it theatrically unattractive. Now audiences are prepared to respect the play’s sociability, its breadth, its capacity to accommodate on more or less equal dramatic terms a whole community of characters from a king to a constable and clown.
Performed from 26 June – 7 July 2012.
FERDINAND, King of Navarre Martin Prest
BEROWNE, a Lord Reuben Milne
LONGAVILLE, a Lord Rob Barton
DUMAINE, a Lord Neal Dench
PRINCESS OF FRANCE Meg Dixon
ROSALINE, a Lady-in-Waiting Caroline Harbord
MARIA, a Lady-in-Waiting Charlotte Edwards
KATHARINE, a Lady-in-Waiting Lucy Knight
BOYET, a French Lord Paul Silver
MARCADE, a French Messenger Derrick Scothern
DON ADRIANO DE ARMADO, Spanish Braggart Richard Brown
MOTH, his Page Sarah Ward
HOLOFERNES, Schoolmistress Paula Inkledon-Webbe
SIR NATHANIEL, Curate Les Robert
ANTHONY DULL, Constable Tony Champion
COSTARD, Swain Phil Cox
JAQUENETTA, Dairymaid Stephanie Dickenson
FORESTER, Gamekeeper Derrick Scothern
ATTENDANTS TO THE KING Simon Maylor, Derrick Scothern
MUSICIAN Roy Bellass
Director Steph Hamer
Assistant Director Jacqueline Spencer
Stage Manager Kevin Connor
Wardrobe Mistress Jo Fradley
Wardrobe Assistants Helen Arnett, Gretta Tamlyn, Diane Dickenson, Ruth Davies, Rachel McKinnon
Musical Director Roy Bellass
Continuity and Prompts Elizabeth Elliott, Andy Grannell
Lighting Design Ed Hopkins
Sound Design Adrian Wadey
Sound and Light Team Ed Welsh, Lisa Bell, Ellen Cole
Properties Cherry Mildwater, Smiley Mildwater
Make-up Laura Harling, Roz Brown, Lesley Harling
Set Design and Construction Ian Cooper, Steph Hamer
Set Design Artwork Rob Barton, Laura Harling
Backstage Richar Morley, Elizabeth Elliot, Laura Harling, Stephanie Dickenson, Peter Welsh, Ed Welsh
Front of House and Sales Trish James and Team
Publicity Simon Maylor
Box Office Kevin Webb, Cheryl Cook and Team
Poster Design Trevor Bass and Steph Hamer
Photography Antonia Brown – www.antoniabrown.co.uk
Programme Design and Production Steph Hamer and Peter Brown
in conjunction with Ken Girvan Printers Ltd.