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Abbey Shakespeare Players 2007: Love's Labour's Lost

Navarre shall be the wonder of the world; Our court shall be a little Academe, Still and contemplative in living art.

Ferdinand Act I Sc 1

THE KING OF NAVARRE and his friends vow to spend three years in secluded study, but the arrival of the Princess of France and her attendants undermines their resolve...

Love's Labour's Lost is a witty battle of the sexes. Four idealistic men more than find their match in four resourceful women as Love triumphs over Academe. A crowd of comic characters - led by an eccentric Spaniard - create confusion as the plot twists and turns towards a surprising end.

The play offers spectacle, music and dance - all part of the tradition established by the Abbey Shakespeare Players in the magical setting of St Dogmaels Abbey.

Cast - Crew - Music Notes - Pictures by Stephen Whitehead - Pictures by David Baker

Study is like the heaven's glorious sun, That will not be deep-searched with saucy looks.

Berowne Act I Sc 1

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world.

Berowne Act IV Sc 3

They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.

Moth Act V Sc 1

Poster - detail from The Jones Family Conversation Piece, William Hogarth by kind permission of Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales.

Love's Labour's Lost was the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 21st summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and was directed by Ian Wood. The company would like to thank Cadw (Welsh Historic Monuments), Theatr Mwldan, the people of St Dogmaels and our loyal audience for their continued support and enthusiasm.

Proceeds from this production will be donated to Hanes Llandoch.