A scholarly king and his three companions swear off the society of women for three years, only to have a diplomatic visit from a French princess and her three ladies-in-waiting thwart their intentions.

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Jonathan Kent ...
Ferdinand, King of Navarre
Christopher Blake ...
Geoffrey Burridge ...
Mike Gwilym ...
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Maria
Petra Markham ...
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Adrian
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When the King of Navarre and three of his cronies swear to spend all their days in study and not to look at any girls, they've forgotten that the daughter of the King of France is coming on a diplomatic visit. And the lady herself and her attendants play merry havoc with their intentions. Written by Kathy Li

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost  »

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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Ferdinand, King of Navarre: I love to hear him lie.
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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Love's Labour's Lost (1975) See more »

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a generally fine production, albeit with unnecessary abridgments and rearrangements
6 August 2014 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

This fine production was one of the last in the BBC Shakespeare series. The acting is excellent on all sides; the costumes are lovely; and the sets are very impressive. Mike Gwilym is particularly good as Berowne -- by the far the most richly characterized role in the play -- but everyone else, ranging from Maureen Lipman (Princess) to Paul Jesson (Costard), likewise acts at a pleasingly high level. My sole complaint, especially about a production that runs for under two hours, is that there are far too many abridgments and some rather odd rearrangements of bits of the text that are extracted from their original locations. Those alterations are at best unnecessary and at worst rather confusing. Still, they don't detract much from the overall magic of the performances.


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