- Two or four tickets to see Love’s Labour’s Lost
- When: select dates, June 17–July 26
- Where: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Outdoor Stage
- General admission. Seating is on grass and stone steps, so beach chairs, blankets, cushions, and picnics are encouraged.
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $34 for two tickets (up to $70 value)
- $48 for four tickets (up to $140 value)
Love’s Labour’s Lost
These are barren tasks, too hard to keep,
Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep!
Four gentlemen, one of them a king, make a solemn oath: for three years, they will abjure the company of women, reserving their minds, hearts, and energies for study, reflection, and self-improvement. But don’t worry—that’s just scene one. Soon a French princess and her three ladies-in-waiting swoop in, and the countdown to oath-breaking begins. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t take long.
One of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost bubbles with wit and originality. The plot concerns itself with the making—and, of course, the breaking—of the gentlemen’s resolution. Then again, plot is somewhat of an afterthought. Unlike many of Shakespeare’s works, the play is completely original, with no history to cover or story to adapt. This allows the playwright’s gift for language to take center stage, most of it written in an effortless verse. But despite these many charms of Love’s Labour’s Lost, it remains one of The Bard’s least produced comedies, making each staging an event unto itself, from Kenneth Branagh’s take with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984 to a 2008 production starring David Tennant.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
One of the nation’s most esteemed Shakespeare outfits, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has brought the playwright’s work to life for the past half-century. But the troupe takes its name more as an inspiration than a strict limit, also mounting productions of other classics by writers such as Thornton Wilder and Noël Coward. Once a summer, the company takes to the College of Saint Elizabeth’s outdoor amphitheater—modeled after Athens’ Theater of Dionysius, a favorite venue for Shakespeare performances in Greece—to present classic comedy in the way he intended: alive under the open sky.