'By my penny of observation.'

When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure – particularly of the female variety – in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare's most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole's highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom's knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast.

Synopsis

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas and it isn’t long before young love, with it's glad eyes, hesitations and embarrassments, has broken every self-imposed rule of the all-male ‘academe’.

Running time: 166 mins

Cast

Ferdinand, King of Navarre:
Philip Cumbus

Moth:
Seroca Davis

Dumaine:
Jack Farthing

Holofernes:
Christopher Godwin

Berowne:
Trystan Gravelle

Costard :
Fergal McElherron

Jacquenetta:
Rhiannon Oliver

Rosaline:
Thomasin Rand

Don Armado:
Paul Ready

Katherine:
Sian Robins-Grace

Boyet:
Tom Stuart

Princess of France:
Michelle Terry

Dull:
Andrew Vincent

Mercade:
James Lailey

Creative

Director:
Dominic Dromgoole

Designer:
Jonathan Fensom

Composer:
Claire van Kampen

Choreographer:
Sian Williams

Fight Director:
Renny Krupinsky

Musical Director (Company):
Claire van Kampen

Musical Director (Band):
Nicholas Perry

Directed for the screen:
Ian Russell