Love’s Labours Lost – February 2016

Love’s Labours Lost will be performed at Gladstone Vineyard, Wairarapa 4-6 February and The Dell,Wellington Botanic Garden 12-27 February 2016.

Performances of Love’s Labours Lost will only be cancelled in the event of wet weather. Updates will be posted here, and on facebook by 2pm each day.

Summer Shakespeare logo 2016 colour small You can purchase your tickets for the Dell season now from eventfinda (door sales available). Or for the Gladstone Vineyard season from the Gladstone Vineyard website. For regular production news like our facebook page.


The Summer Shakespeare Trust are thrilled to present Victoria University of Wellington’s 2016 Summer Shakespeare: Love’s Labours Lost, directed by Ania Upstill.

The King of Navarre and three companions commit to study and self-improvement for three years. They pledge to put aside all thoughts of women (and love), limit sleep, and eat only enough to survive; bodily concerns must be conquered to pursue intellectual matters. To avoid temptation, a royal decree demands all women must remain a mile from court. Yet the King has forgotten that the Princess of France – complete with her train of comely ladies-in-waiting – is due to arrive for a pre-arranged visit on diplomatic business. It isn’t long before the ladies’ charms begin to win over the King and his men…

How can one prove their love when a quick wit can have its wicked way with words?

Ania Upstill is Artistic Director of the Lord Lackbeards for whom she has directed Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and The Merchant of Venice in Wellington seasons and North Island tours. In April-June 2015, she was an inaugural intern at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as part of SGCNZ’s Emerging Theatre Practitioners’ Programme.

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