Review Round Up: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Nick Bagnall directs this new production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, starring Charlotte Mills, Leaphia Darko and Tom Kanji. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…

The Guardian: *** “There are bawdy love scenes, physical gags aplenty and expansive performances from a chamber cast of eight. Some of the embellishments work well but it’s also a little, well, laboured.”

The Independent: **** “There’s real delicacy of feeling in this production as well as full-blooded fun.”

WhatsOnStage: ** “In charging at gender and flattening the language of love, however, Bagnall leaves the play’s subplots adrift.”

The Stage: *** “disappointing that Nick Bagnall’s slapstick interpretation of the play is more likely to generate giggles than passion.”

Broadway World: *** “Nick Bagnall’s production focuses more on slapstick comedy than it does on passion and romance.”

The Times: ** “A good cast has been given its head to such an extent that the fun of individual moments tends to overpower their significance to the story.”

The FT: *** “a staging that works the comedy so hard that we lose sight of any meaning.”

The Telegraph: *** “Bagnall has done much to animate this tricky, slippery play. However, there is also something lost. The chutzpah jars rather with the shadow of death which is supposed to be a consistent presence and culminates in the death of the Princess of France’s father. Suddenly, after countless high jinks, we are brought into the real world and Bagnall tries to affect a melancholy ending.”

Stage Review: **** “This is altogether good fayre and definitely a crowd-pleaser. Michelle Terry’s tenure at The Globe continues to gallop confidently forward with this romp of a show.”

The Reviews Hub: ***** “With the whirlwind verbal elements, the vibrant characters and performances, incredible music and relaxed atmosphere this Love’s Labour’s Lost is a powerful argument for those who would like to see the play performed more often. It’s just, quite simply, a fantastic, intelligent and entertaining production.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost continues to play at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until the 15th September. For more information visit:



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