High-life power play in the city
Love's Labours Lost, English Touring Theatre @ Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. By Frank Cliff.
Love's Labours Lost, English Touring Theatre @ Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
By Frank Cliff
Stephen Unwin's modern dress production of Love's Labour's Lost is set in the City.
Designer Neil Warmington's court of Navarre is a high-rise office block, all stainless steel and marble. The characters enter and depart by the lifts. The king and his three lords, who have pledged themselves to a three-year term of study, eschewing the company of women, are high-fliers in some media occupation or other.
The visiting princess of France and her three ladies, with whom these lords fall instantly in love are, equally, feisty and high powered professionals.
This works brilliantly with these central characters at any rate. Shakespeare's preoccupation in this play with the complex manipulation of language transfers itself readily into a stylish kind of media-speak with such universally splendid and well contrasted performances from all these would be lovers but it seems almost unfair to single out Nick Fletcher's outstanding Berowne.
- 1 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 2 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 3 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 4 Woman in 40s airlifted to hospital after suffering medical emergency
- 5 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 6 War-time bomb lay dormant for 80 years before exploding under fishing boat
- 7 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 8 'We will all miss him': Poignant tributes paid to 'brilliant' solicitor
- 9 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 10 City weigh up Hugill's next move
Don Adriano's ramblings were not helped by John Quentin's somewhat mystifying accent, although Holofernes mastery of the lapidary was brilliantly delivered by the excellent Michael Croning.
The play continues until March 3.