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Love's Labour's Lost

Overview

The Royal Shakespeare Company productions in association with Chichester Festival Theatre

Love's Labour's Lost &
Much Ado About Nothing
(or Love’s Labour’s...

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Running time: The running time will be added as soon as it is confirmed.

Overview

The Royal Shakespeare Company productions in association with Chichester Festival Theatre

Love's Labour's Lost &
Much Ado About Nothing
(or Love’s Labour’s...

Read More

Running time: The running time will be added as soon as it is confirmed.

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Location

Opera House Manchester, Manchester
3 Quay Street,Manchester,M3 3HP

Love's Labour's Lost

The Royal Shakespeare Company productions in association with Chichester Festival Theatre

Love's Labour's Lost &
Much Ado About Nothing
(or Love’s Labour’s Won)

By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s great romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing were first paired to great acclaim at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014. This innovative doubling is now presented in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Matching events, characters and themes suggest that these razor-sharp romances belong together. In Love’s Labour’s Lost two sparring lovers, Berowne and Rosaline, are separated; at the start of Much Ado About Nothing (or Love’s Labour’s Won), two sparring lovers meet again after a long absence and continue to quarrel, until they are tricked into acknowledging their love.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, with a dazzling design by Simon Higlett and glorious music by Nigel Hess, the productions are set either side of the First World War. Love’s Labour’s Lost conjures up the carefree elegance of a pre-war Edwardian summer; in post-war Much Ado About Nothing the world has changed forever, the roaring 20s just around the corner. A 22-strong ensemble company performs in both productions with Edward Bennett returning to play Berowne and Benedick.

Love's Labour's Lost:

‘We lose ourselves to keep our oaths.’

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve. Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.

*****
'Sparklingly funny and giddily blissful. This is, in its entirety, an endeavour that sings: poignant, impassioned and gorgeous'
Times

*****
'A match made in heaven'

Daily Mail

*****
'Blissfully entertaining'

Daily Telegraph

*****
'The whole ensemble create a theatrical tour de force, combining comedy, humanity and a wonderful feel good factor. Quite simply, the best plays you'll see anywhere'
Sunday Mirror

'These productions are a joy'
Sunday Times

'This imaginative pairing makes total sense. If love is thwarted in the first play, it is triumphantly fulfilled in the second'
Guardian

'Exquisite….Cherishable… Immaculate'
Evening Standard

 

Director - Christopher Luscombe
Designer - Simon Higlett
Lighting Designer - Oliver Fenwick
Music - Nigel Hess
Sound Designer - Jeremy Dunn
Choreographer - Jenny Arnold
Casting Directors - Gabrielle Dawes, Helena Palmer

 

Love's Labour's Lost

There are no booking fees for this production.

However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £4.00 Transaction fee.

Love's Labour's Lost Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

The Palace Theatre regularly schedule BSL, Audio Described and Captioned performances, for more information or a full list please email Abigail Henry on [email protected].

Opera House Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. 

Please contact Access Champion Abigail Henry to request the Visual Story.

Type talk number: 18001 0844 7677 

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Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Our venue box office is located inside the Opera House foyer. There are 2 wheelchair spaces at the Opera House located on row B of the circle (B1 and B4), one has an accompanying seat next to it and one has an accompanying seat directly behind. The spaces are accessible from street level. There is an accessible toilet just outside the front circle street level entrance. There is no lift in the Opera House and from foyer to stalls there are 28 steps in total. There are a minimum of 78 steps up to the gallery, which is very high and steep with uneven steps.

We have a dual channel infra-red sound enhancement system in the auditorium. Using a headset or one worn around the neck you can boost the volume of the show. You can collect these from the theatre cloak room for £10.00 returnable deposit. We recommend that when booking seats that you avoid the rear stalls.

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at the Opera House and they can stay with you while you are in the Theatre. If you wish to bring your guide or hearing dog to the Theatre, please advise the Box Office when booking your tickets and a seat next to the aisle will be reserved for you. Alternatively a member of staff will care for your dog during the performance. We can also provide drinking water for your dog.

There is an accessible toilet just outside the front circle street level entrance.

Opera House Manchester Information

Opera House Manchester
  • We recommend patrons use official NCP car parks.  The nearest car parks are Spinningfields on New Quay Street and The Great Northern Warehouse 1 (Tickets will not be validated for Great Northern Warehouse 2).
  • Wheelchair bays on the Circle level.
  • Bars are situated on all levels of the theatre.
  • Hospitality packages available.
  • The cloakroom is situated in the foyer.
Opera House Manchester

3 Quay Street
Manchester


M3 3HP


Directions

By car:

Manchester is served by an excellent Motorway network:

- M62 Leeds, Humber ports, Liverpool
- M6 Birmingham, London, Scotland
- M56 Chester, North Wales
- M61 Preston
- M60 Motorway ring road around the city

The nearest car parks are Spinningfields on New Quay Street and The Great Northern Warehouse 1 (Tickets will not be validated for Great Northern Warehouse 2). For discounted parking bring your car park ticket to the theatre cloakroom for payment & validation (prices vary and are subject to change).
For those with a sat nav the postcode for Spinningfields is M3 3BE and the postcode for The Great Northern is M3 4EE
To get the discounted parking rate you must bring your car park ticket to the cloakroom at the theatre for it to be validated.

By train:

The Opera House is close to the Deansgate Station and also the Oxford Road station is 10 mins away. Piccadilly train station is only 1 mile from the theatre.

By tram:

The nearest tram stop is St Peters Square

By coach:

Coaches operate from the coach station at Manchester Central. This follows an extensive refurbishment of the site, formerly known as Chorlton Street Coach Station.

By bus:

The Opera House is situated on Quay Street and is on and close to all the major bus routes.


Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 3018 <br><b>Type talk number:</b> 18001 0844 871 7677

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 0333 009 5390

Calls charged at local rate.

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0161 828 1700

Security

ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority.  As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues. Suitcases/large rucksacks are not allowed into the venue, so please do refrain from bringing these to the venue or, alternatively, store any large luggage at Piccadilly station. Many thanks for your cooperation.

 

Box Office Opening Hours

Opera House Box Office is open on performance days only and opens 90 minutes prior to a performance. The box office will close 15 minutes after the last performance starts.

Palace Theatre Box Office is open Monday - Saturday 12pm-4pm (on performance days closes 15 min after the performances starts). On Sundays the box office will open 2 hrs prior to the performance and close 15 minutes after the performance starts.

 

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