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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Synopsis
Video recording using a single, fixed, camera of the 1984 Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Directed by Barry Kyle with Kenneth Branagh as the King of Navarre and Josette Simon as Rosaline.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
10 Jan 1985
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Barry Kyle
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Production Design
Bob Crowley
Cast
Kenneth BranaghFerdinand, King of Navarre
Roger ReesBerowne
Emily RichardPrincess of France
Josette SimonRosaline
Edward PetherbridgeDon Adriano de Armado
Adam BarehamDumaine
Alison RoseMaria
Alphonsia EmmanuelVillager
Amanda RootMoth
Andrew JarvisForester
Brian ParrCostard
Catherine JamesSinger
Cathy TysonVillager
David PhelanLord
Dexter FletcherVillager
Frances BarberJaquenetta
Frank MiddlemassHolofernes
George RaistrickAnthony Dull
Guy FithenVillager
Harold InnocentBoyet
James SimmonsLongaville
Jan RevereVillager
John RoganNathaniel
Kate BufferyKatherine
Norman HenryMonsieur Marcade
Steven PinnerVillager

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Victorian
Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
`Bob Crowley’s set, beautifully lit by Brian Harris, captures the mellowness of this production’s wistful allegory of growing up. Falling leaves, sheaves of corn, peasants from a Millet canvas, cupped parasols, like flowers closed in sleep, opening like white mushrooms." Martin Hoyle, Financial Times (8 August 1985). N.B. The lighting at the RST was designed by Chris Ellis; Brian Harris lit the Barbican production.
History
Press night 10 October 1984. The production transferred to the Barbican.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Warren, Roger Shakespeare Quarterly 36 (1985) pp 79-87 (review article).

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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