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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single fixed camera, of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2006 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Directed by Michael Kahn with Amir Arison as the King of Navarre and Hank Stratton as Berowne.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
26 Aug 2006
Duration
141 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Kahn
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Adam Wernick
Production Design
Ralph Funicello
Costume
Catherine Zuber
Cast
Amir ArisonFerdinand, King of Navarre
Hank StrattonBerowne
Aubrey K. DeekerPrincess of France
Sabrina LebeaufRosaline
Geraint Wyn DaviesDon Adriano de Armado
Angela PierceMaria
Brian Q. SilverSitar player
Colleen DelanyKatherine
David SabinNathaniel
Emery BattisMonsieur Marcade
Erik SteeleLongaville
Floyd KingBoyet
James RanaForester
Jolly AbrahamJaquenetta
Michael MilliganCostard
Nick ChoksiMoth
Rock KohliAnthony Dull
Ted Van GriethuysenHolofernes

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1960s
Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Complete Works Festival (Stratford upon Avon 2006-7)

Notes

Notes
The production was also videotaped by the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive on 7 July 2006 when it played at the Lansburgh.
General
The Company is based in Washington, DC.
History
The production opened at the Lansburgh, Washington, DC in 2006. It played in the Swan Theatre 17-26 August 2006 as part of the Complete Works Festival.
Reviews
"Kahn has set the work in the psychedelic 1960s, a time of miniskirts and white boots, flower power peaceniks and, for some, personal study with the Maharishi. So what could be more appropriate than to transport Shakespeare’s Kingdom of Navarre to India, where legions really do seek enlightenment? Accompanied by an oddball blend of sitar and acid rock beats, a suddenly hip Kahn takes us on a wildly imaginative excursion into Shakespeare’s land of romance and gender conflict... In this production, Shakespeare’s sonnets become rock music lyrics sung by groovy guys in beads and bell-bottoms. The Princess of France and her leggy gal pals arrive at the kingdom on brightly painted mopeds and offer a zany tour of ‘60s fashions. And what Russian disguises are concocted by the devilish Kahn and costumer Catherine Zuber for act five’s bit of merriment?" Paul Harris, Variety (June 14 2006).

"... Ted van Griethuysen, in the performance of the evening, turns the pedagogic Holofernes into a wonderfully overweening mix of WC Fields and American academic Harold Bloom" Michael Billington, The Guardian (August 19, 2006).

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
Name

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)

Email
leahkim@umd.edu
Web
http://www.wapava.org External site opens in new window
Phone
(301) 405 9117
Address
James J. Taylor Collection
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-1630

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