As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, we are sad to announce that we will not be staging a performance this year.
2021 Production will still be Love's Labour's Lost!
the January read through (above), the Villagers decided on Love's
Labour's Lost as their play for 2020. This has now been postponed to
Dates and venues are shown below. Chairs will be provided at c17th Village, but otherwise, please bring your own.
||Performances cancelled until 2021
|Sunday, 26th July,
Performances start at 7:30pm.
prices for the c17th Village, Wickham are £8-50 (adult), £7-00
(concession - adults over 65 or children under 16) and £26-00 (family -
two adults and two children under 16). For Washington the prices
are £10 (adult), £8 (concession) and £32-00 (family). When tickets
become available, to book one of these
venues, please call 023 9234 5346 or email us.
of the play courtesy of Wikipedia
some of Shakespeare's male characters will be female in our play)
King of Navarre, and his three noble companions, the Lords Berowne,
Dumaine, and Longaville, take an oath not to give in to the company of
women. They devote themselves to three years of study and fasting;
Berowne agrees somewhat more hesitantly than the others. The King
declares that no woman should come within a mile of the court. Don
Adriano de Armado, a Spaniard visiting the court, comes to tell the
King of a tryst between Costard and Jaquenetta. After the King
sentences Costard, Don Armado confesses his own love for Jaquenetta to
his page, Moth. Don Armado writes Jaquenetta a letter and asks Costard
to deliver it.
The Princess of France and her ladies arrive,
wishing to speak to the King regarding the cession of Aquitaine, but
must ultimately make their camp outside the court due to the decree. In
visiting the Princess and her ladies at their camp, the King falls in
love with the Princess, as do the lords with the ladies. Berowne gives
Costard a letter to deliver to the lady Rosaline, which Costard
switches with Don Armado's letter that was meant for Jaquenetta.
Jaquenetta consults two scholars, Holofernes and Sir Nathaniel, who
conclude that the letter is written by Berowne and instruct her to tell
The King and his lords lie in hiding and watch one
another as each subsequently reveals their feelings of love. The King
ultimately chastises the lords for breaking the oath, but Berowne
reveals that the King is likewise in love with the Princess. Jaquenetta
and Costard enter with Berowne's letter and accuse him of treason.
Berowne confesses to breaking the oath, explaining that the only study
worthy of mankind is that of love, and he and the other men
collectively decide to relinquish the vow. Arranging for Holofernes to
entertain the ladies later, the men then dress as Muscovites and court
the ladies in disguise. The Queen's courtier Boyet, having overheard
their planning, helps the ladies trick the men by disguising themselves
as each other. When the lords return as themselves, the ladies taunt
them and expose their ruse.
Impressed by the ladies' wit, the
men apologize, and when all identities are righted, they watch
Holofernes, Sir Nathaniel, Costard, Moth and Don Armado present the
Nine Worthies. The four lords and Boyet heckle the play, saving their
sole praise for Costard, and Don Armado and Costard almost come to
blows when Costard reveals mid-pageant that Don Armado has got
Jaquenetta pregnant. Their spat is interrupted by news that the
Princess's father has died. The Princess makes plans to leave at once,
and she and her ladies, readying for mourning, declare that the men
must wait a year and a day to prove their loves lasting. Don Armado
announces he will swear a similar oath to Jaquenetta and then presents
the nobles with a song.