A classic Shakespearean comedy undergoes a contemporary, musical transformation this winter as Footlights Theatrical presents an adaptation of “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. Scheduled from 22nd to 25th June at the Ron Hurley Theatre in Seven Hills, this romantic romp promises an enchanting blend of love, laughter, and irresistible pop melodies.
Originally conceptualised for the NYC Shakespeare in the Park series in 2013, this will mark the Queensland premiere of the modernised classic. The script was conceived in collaboration with Les Freres Corbusier and was developed in part at the Abrons Art Center, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
“Enjoy this chaotic collision of styles, periods, and characters,” says Roslyn Johnson, the director of the production. “Don’t overthink it, but do appreciate that the really modern moments that seem real – they are all Shakespeare’s, not additions.”
The narrative whirls around a King and his companions who, during their five-year college reunion, vow to forsake women’s delights. However, their resolve is sorely tested when four clever, attractive ladies from their past make an unexpected appearance. Complete with an eccentric Spanish exchange student and a performance art aficionado professor, the plot unfurls in a madcap celebration of true love and coming-of-age, sending love and devotion on a roller-coaster ride of hilarious trials.
Footlights Theatrical, a boutique theatre company based in Brisbane, prides itself on offering performance opportunities to its members and presenting a diverse repertoire suitable for community, entrepreneurial, and corporate events. This semi-professional production showcases the talents of an ensemble cast, including William Boyd, Sarah Engelsmann, and Andrew Engelsmann, to name a few.
The show does contain some adult themes and coarse language, and parental guidance is recommended. The music is composed by the same team that brought us Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, lending an infectious pop score to the Shakespearean verse.
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