REVIEW ROUND-UP: Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe

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Nick Bagnall directs this new production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, starring Charlotte Mills, Leaphia Darko and Tom Kanji. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…

The Guardian: ★★★ “There are bawdy love scenes, physical gags aplenty and expansive performances from a chamber cast of eight. Some of the embellishments work well but it’s also a little, well, laboured.”

The Independent★★★★ “There’s real delicacy of feeling in this production as well as full-blooded fun.”

The Stage: ★★★ “Disappointing that Nick Bagnall’s slapstick interpretation of the play is more likely to generate giggles than passion.”

Broadway World: ★★★ “Nick Bagnall’s production focuses more on slapstick comedy than it does on passion and romance.”

The Times: ★★ “A good cast has been given its head to such an extent that the fun of individual moments tends to overpower their significance to the story.”

The FT: ★★★ “A staging that works the comedy so hard that we lose sight of any meaning.”

The Telegraph: ★★★ “Bagnall has done much to animate this tricky, slippery play. However, there is also something lost. The chutzpah jars rather with the shadow of death which is supposed to be a consistent presence and culminates in the death of the Princess of France’s father. Suddenly, after countless high jinks, we are brought into the real world and Bagnall tries to affect a melancholy ending.”

Stage Review: ★★★★ “This is altogether good fayre and definitely a crowd-pleaser. Michelle Terry’s tenure at The Globe continues to gallop confidently forward with this romp of a show.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★★★★ “With the whirlwind verbal elements, the vibrant characters and performances, incredible music and relaxed atmosphere this Love’s Labour’s Lost is a powerful argument for those who would like to see the play performed more often. It’s just, quite simply, a fantastic, intelligent and entertaining production.”

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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