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Love’s Labours

Synopsis
Sound recording. A musical adaptation by Clive Swift, Richard Cottrell, Corin Redgrave and John Fortune of Love’s Labour’s Lost performed as part of the University of Cambridge May Week celebrations in 1959 at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge. Ian McKellen is Holofernes.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio
Year of release
2008
Recording date
May 1959

Credits

Director
John Tydeman
Writer
Clive Swift; Corin Redgrave; John Fortune; Richard Cottrell
Music
Clive Swift
Cast
Corin RedgraveFerdinand, King of Navarre
Derek JacobiBerowne
Catherine BuckleyRose (Rosaline)
Richard CottrellAdrian Armado (Don Adriano de Armado)
Antonio ClaphamJill
Elizabeth ProudAda Moth
Freda StrattonJudy
Ian McKellenHolofernes
John FortuneFfulke
Julian CurryAnthony Dull
Julienne IlettJaquenetta
Mary ConroyJenny
Michael BurrellNathaniel
Philip StrickCostard
Roger HammondCharles
Simon RelphMonsieur Marcade
Terrence HardimanReginald D’Oyley Boyet (Boyet)

Additional Details

Theatre
ADC Theatre, Cambridge
Theatre company
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Historical period
Edwardian
Plays
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Amateur theatre; Student productions

Notes

Notes
John Fortune is billed as John Wood - Equity later requested that he change his name to Fortune.
General
`May Week in Cambridge celebrates the end of the examinations. There are May Balls in selected colleges and the ADC members let their hair down with a jollity like this musical from Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labours Lost". It was an ingenious adaptation, set around 1900. Berowne and his student friends each had a witty love scene and song in appropriate pastiche — Wilde, Zola, Chekhov and Ibsen. Mike Burrell as the vicar Nathaniel and I as the pedant Holofernes, reprised our rickety double-act from Henry 4th part two and brought the house down with the lyrics based on Shakespeare’s longest word’.(www.mckellen.com - accessed 2/2009).
History
The production also played at the Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith 1 May - 5 July 1959 where McKellen was paid £12 a week, his first paid job as an actor.
Reviews
"Some neat songs, and Ian McKellen showed signs of promise." — Harold Hobson, Sunday Times (5 July 1959).

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Name

ADC Theatre

Web
https://www.adctheatre.com External site opens in new window
Phone
012223 359547
Address
Park Street
Cambridge
CB5 8AS

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