Shakespeare at Beaulieu - Love's Labour Lost

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2019-07-12 18:00
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Shakespeare at Beaulieu: Love's Labour's Lost

University of Durham's Castle Theatre Company

Sparkling comedy performed by talented team in the magical setting of Beaulieu Abbey Cloister

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.


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Beaulieu is currently hosting a spectacular exhibition of fine sculpture, showcasing over 350 works from internationally renowned sculptors in Palace House and its surrounding parkland.

Your Shakespeare at Beaulieu ticket will allow entry to Beaulieu from 5pm - arrive early to explore Sculpture at Beaulieubefore the theatre performance begins at 7pm.


The performance will take place in the historic surroundings of the Beaulieu Abbey Cloister. Audience members are invited to picnic before and throughout the performance - please bring along your own rugs and picnic chairs.

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

5pm - Event opens. Explore the Sculpture at Beaulieu exhibition in Palace House and its grounds.*

6pm - Grab your spot in the Abbey! Settle down for a picnic and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Rugs and picnic chairs are welcome - please bring your own. Please note that you won't be allowed entry to the Abbey with picnic furniture or to picnic before 6pm.

7pm - Performance begins

8pm (approx) - Interval

9pm (approx) - Performance ends

9.30pm - Event closes

*Please note that Palace House will close at 6pm.


All Dates

  • 2019-07-12 18:00
  • 2019-07-11 18:00

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