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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Synopsis
Live audio recording of Laurence Olivier’s 1968 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost with Jeremy Brett as Berowne and Joan Plowright as Rosalind.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio
Recording date
23 Jan 1969

Credits

Director
Laurence Olivier
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Marc Wilkinson
Cast
Derek JacobiFerdinand, King of Navarre
Jeremy BrettBerowne
Louise PurnellPrincess of France
Joan PlowrightRosaline
Ronald PickupDon Adriano de Armado
Charles KayNathaniel
George SelwayForester
Gerald JamesAnthony Dull
Helen BourneMaria
John McEneryCostard
Judy WilsonKatherine
Kenneth MackintoshMonsieur Marcade
Paul CurranHolofernes
Philip LockeBoyet
Richard KayDumaine
Roger ForbesLongaville
Sheila ReidJaquenetta
Simon CramondMoth

Additional Details

Theatre
Old Vic Theatre
Theatre company
National Theatre Company
Production type
Other
Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The performance was notable for the cherished note that director Olivier gave to Jeremy Brett on opening night. Brett kept it all his life. It read: ‘These are the do’s and don’ts of acting. Do’s: Think. Keep your neck back. Think. Be frank. Think. Perceive. Think. Listen. Think. Be in love with Joan [Plowright]. Blaze.' The Don’ts: [Don’t be] Ingratiating. Soft. Adorable. Glamorous. Earnest. Polite. Decorated. Gobblesome.
On the reverse side, it said: Love wishes. Love gratitude. Love admiration. Love from Larry. [From Jeremy Brett’s website. http://www. jeremybrett.info/st_loveslabour.html - accessed 11/2008].
History
Opening date 16 December 1968
Stills
"More than anything else, the show takes its atmosphere from Carl Tom’s decor: a set of lofty plane trees that swing into new groups as the scene changes against a deep green backcloth traced with leafy avenues and ghostly pavilions. Against this is set a sumptuous blaze of Renaissance costume which - particularly in the case of the women - largely determines the character of the performance." Irving Wardle, The Times (20 December 1968).
Reviews
Marowitz, Charles. New York Times (22 December 1968).

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
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Address
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