Preview: Love's Labour's Lost at Rosemary Branch theatre, 19 June to 3 July

One of Shakespeare's most romantic plays come to Hackney this summer

IT may be William Shakespeare’s ultimate ode to love, but ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ is rarely staged these days. Which is why the latest production at the Rosemary Branch Theatre is being greeted so excitedly.

The King of Navarre and his three followers vow to give up love for three years, only to find themselves instantly smitten by the Princess of France and the women of her retinue.

For this production, Cease and Desist – a small and young theatre company – are resetting the Bard’s early comedy in the context of 1980s show business.

Here, its clever puns and cultural references become a commentary on the vanity of actors.

Prepare for sparring wits, sex-wars, and a show of ‘Cupid’s dreadful little might.’

The production is on at the Rosemary Branch from 19 June to 3 July. Tickets are £14 or £10 with concessions