Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare

Love's Labour's Lost is a comedy about young love, with an unexpected ending.


Love's Labour's Lost is playing in repertoire with Much Ado About Nothing as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket season.

  • Theatre Royal Haymarket

    London

    12 Dec 2016 - 18 Mar 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 10 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

12 December, 7:30PM

Theatre Royal Haymarket
London

'We lose ourselves to keep our oaths.’

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.

Don’t miss Shakespeare’s two great romantic comedies, Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (or Love's Labour's Won), as this widely acclaimed pairing arrive at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket, following hugely successful runs in Stratford-upon-Avon and Chichester.

Two sparklingly funny romances are brought together by the innovative matching of events, characters and themes. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, with a dazzling design by Simon Higlett and glorious music by Nigel Hess, the two productions are set either side of the First World War. Love’s Labour’s Lost conjures up the carefree elegance of a pre‑war Edwardian summer, whilst Much Ado About Nothing presents a changed world with the roaring 20s just around the corner. An immensely talented ensemble perform in both plays which can be seen as single performances or enjoyed as one extraordinary event on our two‑show days.