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on 6 May 2012
We were going to see a live production of this (quite rarely performed) Shakespeare play at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, UK by the Northern Broadsides/New Vic company and wanted a DVD production to watch in advance and so bought this. The production is very rich and the open spaces of The Globe Theatre are used very well. Most of the actors are very good and do a good job of delivering the lines in what is a very full production/true to the original text. What we found was missing, though, was more of revelling in the absurdity and downright silliness of some of the scenes (e.g. the scene where the two scholars are discussing matters). The live production we subsequently saw in Leeds did this much, much better and had the audience rolling about with laughter for much of the production and they really "brought the play to life" more I think than this production does. In summary, therefore, a very professional and lavish production (e.g. costumes) but, for me, it did not make full use of the material provided in the way the live production we saw did.
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on 12 August 2014
This performance is everything a Shakespeare comedic play ought to be! It's uproariously, laugh out loud funny at times, brilliantly acted by all players and the diction, the clarity with which the lines are delivered are first rate - and it's in The Globe, a setting imitating that for which Shakespeare wrote. Excellent in every way and surely a definitive performance of Love's Labour's Lost. This play is a bit 'verbose' at times, the linguistic sparring and ironic arguments demanding of close attention, perhaps at the expense of full enjoyment of the plot, but this high energy, brilliantly creative production, boldly interactive with its audience and ever mindful of their entertainment, lifts and makes sense of even the 'wordiest' exchanges. Shakespeare would have loved it!
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on 23 October 2010
A vastly enjoyable production of one of Shakespeare's lesser known comedies. It's funny, fast-paced and full of 'the quirks of invention'. Difficult language? Not with these brilliant actors. Their delivery and body language make this play instantly accessible. And the closing song is so beautiful it brings tears to your eyes. Highly recommended!
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on 30 January 2011
Really enjoyed this performance!! It was great to see it performed in the Globe!!
I would recomend this to any fellow Shakespears lovers!!!
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on 21 March 2011
I have had a life-long soft spot for this play, despite its verbal difficulties, and looked forward very much to watching this dvd.

To play it as a farce - with almost goon-ish touches - is a perfectly valid approach, and in many ways proves to be effective and entertaining. Even so,I would have liked a little more gravitas in places from Trystan Gravelle as Berowne, but on the whole King Ferdinand and his gentlemen come over well, and they handle the sometimes difficult text intelligently, bringing out the wit and sparkle even in the more obscure passages.

The secondary characters are uniformly well-taken. Paul Ready remains just on the right side of caricature as Don Armado, but it is Seroca Davis as little Moth who steals scene after scene.

So far, so delightful, but alas it is the Princess and her ladies who, for me, reduce a possible rating of five stars to a mere three. Farce or not, the Princess must convince us that she is royalty, and Michelle Terry's coarse shrieking and broken-glass mangling of her text had me cringing almost every time she opened her mouth - a pity, as her restrained and dignified final scene showed how much better she might have been. Thomasin Rand as Rosaline is very little better, and when she and her mistess really get going they could give Billingsgate points. Perhaps the excellent Tom Stuart as the suave Boyet could have given them some lessons in elocution before they travelled to Navarre.

As it is, the ladies of France come over more like ladettes, and mar an otherwise enjoyable production of an all too rarely performed play.

Claire van Kampen's music, unlike so much recent incidental music, is an enhancement of the action.
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on 26 November 2012
Excellent film and great that it is set in period produced costumes. I don't like modern versions of classics. And its from the Globe - what more could you want.
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on 16 May 2014
The again is Shakespeare at his best .With a fine cast .The Globe does this so well well done .Try it with surround sound brilliant its like your in the theatre
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on 18 May 2015
Almost like being there - without the expense of going to London.
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