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Love's Labour Lost, Chesil Theatre
IT’S not difficult to see why this wordy romantic comedy is so infrequently performed, with few jokes and little opportunity for comic business, but Chesil Theatre’s strong mix of old and young actors made much of the challenging script in this sumptuously costumed, though over-long production.
The premise of a king and his courtiers swearing three years of chastity while they study, then promptly falling in love with a visiting princess and her ladies is a flimsy one at best, but Max Homan and Mimi Gilles made a handsome king and princess while Wesley Buckeridge’s Berowne and Hannah Matheson’s Rosaline had the best verbal sparring of their courtiers.
Ruben Sanchez-Garcia’s extrovert Spanish nobleman Don Armado cut a bizarrely entertaining figure, falling in love with Beth Williams’s sweet-voiced wench Jaquenetta, while Graham Cranmer (Costard) and Richard Martin (Boyet) both demonstrated a fine grasp of the text in their enjoyable cameos.