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The University of Durham’s Castle Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare’s lesser known, but most charming comedies; ‘Love's Labour's Lost’ on Thursday 11 & Friday 12 July.

This hilarious comedy explores the classic trope of the forbidden fruit being the sweetest, as men and women meet and fall in love, despite their better judgement. Shakespeare at Beaulieu is the perfect entertainment for a sunny July evening.

King Ferdinand of Navarre and his friends vow to devote themselves to scholarly learning for three years. They forswear women for this period in order to keep their minds solely focused on learning. Unfortunately for them, they have forgotten that the Princess of France and her ladies are scheduled to visit on diplomatic business - when boys meet girls, romantic chaos ensues as their vows are tested.

For over 30 years Castle Theatre Company has taken its annual summer Shakespeare tour around the south of England and the USA, performing classic comedies on the lawns of stately homes, gardens and abbeys across these countries. Renowned for its high-standard, Castle Theatre Company promises an afternoon of light-hearted family entertainment.

Information & Tickets

The performance will begin at 7pm. Entrance to the Abbey will be from 6pm and the audience are invited to picnic before and throughout the performance. You're welcome to bring rugs or picnic chairs. Arrive early to grab the best spots!

In the event of bad weather, the performance will go ahead inside the Abbey's Domus.

Adult £12
Concessions* £10

*Concessions include seniors (over 60s), students and children. Please be aware you may be asked to provide proof of your concessionary status.

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‘A wonderfully youthful, vigorous production – with some stand out performances. Please bring CTC back next year – they’re brilliant.’ – The Buckingham Literary Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017).

‘The outstanding cast and creative team provided a delightful afternoon of theatre that should not be missed.’ – First Night, Much Ado About Nothing (2016).

‘The production succeeded in being energetic, cohesive and hilarious while making the complexities of Shakespeare’s writing completely understandable.’ – The Palatinate, The Comedy of Errors (2015).

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Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

Beaulieu & The Bard

Montagu ancestor Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton, was Shakespeare's only acknowledged patron and some of his plays may have been performed for the first time in Beaulieu Abbey.

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