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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Synopsis
Televised adaptation of the play produced by Cedric Messina. With Martin Shaw (Ferdinand), Jeremy Brett (Berowne), Maurice Denham (Armado), Sinéad Cusack (Rosaline) and Jonathan Cecil (Holofernes).
Series
Play of the Month
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1975
Transmission details
14 Dec 1975 at 22:15 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
120 mins

Credits

Director
Basil Coleman
Producer
Cedric Messina
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Geoffrey Burgon
Art Direction
Natasha Kroll
Cast
Martin ShawFerdinand, King of Navarre
Jeremy BrettBerowne
Lorna HeilbronPrincess of France
Sinead CusackRosaline
Maurice DenhamDon Adriano de Armado
Andrew HardingMoth
Clifford RoseBoyet
David BailieMonsieur Marcade
David GwillimLongaville
Debbie BowenKatharine (Katherine)
Hugh RossForester
James BerwickAnthony Dull
Jan FrancisMaria
Jonathan CecilHolofernes
Martin C. ThurleyDumaine
Terence BuddCostard
Tony HaygarthNathaniel
Victoria PlucknettJaquenetta

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Renaissance Italy
Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
This was the last of Cedric Messina’s series of Shakespeare productions for BBC’s Play of the Month slot before he subsequently embarked on the BBC Television Shakespeare cycle (1978-85).
History
The first production of the play made specifically for television. It was shot entirely on location in the gardens of Glyndebourne in Sussex, England.
Stills
A still with Cusack and Brett is reproduced in The Radio Times, 13 December 1975, p.26.
Reviews
For Messina’s treatment of Shakespeare’s plays, his role as producer and television as a popular medium see Margaret Drabble, "The Messina Touch", Radio Times, 13 December 1975, p.15.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://store.bbc.com/collections/shakespeare-at-the-bbc
Online price
£3.99
Online format
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Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
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Name

BoB

Email
bob@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7393 1500
Fax
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Address
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Notes
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