A play replete with puns and double-entendres, this is one of Shakespeare's earliest and most lighthearted.
The young king of Navarre and three of his courtiers have vowed to lock themselves away for three years of study and fasting, and to forswear the company of women for this period. No sooner is their vow made than it is tested, however, as the princess of France and three of her ladies arrive in Navarre on a diplomatic mission. The young men fall instantly and hopelessly in love, and the tension between their vow and their passion forms the subject of this charming and sparkling early comedy.
Berowne is played by Alex Jennings and Rosaline by Emma Fielding. Samantha Bond is the princess, and Greg Wise the king of Navarre. Alan Howard plays Don Armado.
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Cast list? Scene breaks?
The performance is splendid and very engaging.
Samantha Bond as the Princess of France. Her voice is unique and her delivery always has an undercurrent of deliciousness.
On the other hand, she's the only character I recognize, and since Amazon/Audible doesn't think it is important to credit all the players with their parts in recordings of theatrical works, I might single out another character/performer but I have no idea who they are.
Amazon/Audible: are actors just fungible? Do they not matter? Why is a cast list (by character) not provided with EVERY recording of a play or other theatrical work?
Well this question itself demonstrates Amazon/Audible's lack of understanding of what recorded drama is. THERE IS MORE THAN ONE NARRATOR!!!!!
But, the players in this recording are all wonderful, speaking freely, clearly and with great engagement. Their tone is contemporary, clear, and playful.
Just great theatre!
Love's Labor's Lost. Duh!!! Why does it need a tag line?
In addition to my comments above referencing the way Amazon/Audible obscures the actors and their roles in these recorded plays (yes, its that way with EVERY Shakespeare recording you sell), it is beyond frustrating to have this recording delivered with two "chapters" and no option for a proper Act/Scene breakdown. Each Act and Scene should be a separate track, so that you can easily listen to just a particular scene.
- Andrew E. Yarosh