Traquair House from the Wine Glass Lawn

Traquair House, our stage for Much Ado About Nothing in 2018

Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019)

Directed by Tim Wilcock

  • Promenade performance at Traquair House
  • Wednesday 29th May – Saturday 1st June
  • Wednesday 5th June – Saturday 8th June
  • 7.30pm start each evening
  • Tickets (£8 Wed/Thurs and £14 Fri/Sat) will be available from the Eastgate Theatre box office (01721 725777)

Love’s Labour’s Lost (2019)

Love’s Labour’s Lost is Shakespeare at Traquair’s main stage production for 2019 and will be directed by Tim Wilcock. The play sees self-denial in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the dazzling Princess of France and her entourage arrive, inconvenient promises are quickly ditched in favour of some ham-fisted wooing. It’s a boisterous send-up of all those who confuse fantasy with reality and Shakespeare displays just about every weapon in the playwright’s arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. A feast of language, replete with puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages, this is being staged as a high-energy, tightly choreographed piece of theatre.

Director’s Update – January 2019

The auditions for our 2019 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost are now done – the main play is cast and rehearsals begin on Sunday 20th January and I’m now frantically juggling names and parts to accommodate the gold mine of talent that emerged at a very noisy and boisterous young actor audition last weekend.

I’m absolutely delighted with the quality of actors that have agreed to take a part in what I hope will be a production that will live long in the memory – for all the right reasons. The aim is to immerse the audience in the play by setting it “traverse style”, making sure we set the audience around three sides of a square for pretty much every scene and then have actors disappearing into and emerging from the assembled throng watching the performances. And, in addition to the verbal badinage, there’s a lot of physical comedy to get our heads around as well as several pieces of slapstick which will generate plenty of laughs but tend to take rather a lot of time to perfect!

We’ve got a show full of fun and energy and one that is sure to get the audience laughing along with us. And, if you’re a prospective audience member reading this, it’s never too early to book tickets! Show dates are 29th May – 1st June and 5th-8th June, 7.30pm each night! Our booking agents, Eastgate Theatre, will be happy to take your call on 01721 725777.