Garrison , NY

Love's Labors Lost Tickets

Revisit one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies.
Love's Labors Lost Tickets
Love's Labors Lost Tickets

About Love's Labors Lost

Who doesn’t love a royal love story? In this new Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, director Amanda Dehnert puts a contemporary twist on this classic story by infusing it with a rollicking pop score that celebrates that all too familiar feeling: young love. Get tickets to Love’s Labour’s Lost on TodayTix!

In Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, the King of Navarre and his three lords, Berowne, Longaville, and Dumaine, swear an intense oath to scholarship, vowing to fast and avoid eye contact with all women for three years. Fate has other plans: the Princess of France is en route to the king for a meeting, bring three maidens in tow, which proves difficult given the young men’s shared vow. See this classic at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor tent!

Director Amanda Dehnert updates Shakespeare’s classic, electrifying it by setting the love story to an original pop and rock score (by Dehnert and Andre Pleuss) to give full voice to the irresistible feeling of falling in love. Love’s Labour’s Lost is a timeless tale of friendship, youth, and the first throes of love, making it a perfect summer romance.

Start date

July 12th, 2023

End date

August 27th, 2023



Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

2015 U.S. 9, Garrison , NY , USA, 10524

More information about Love's Labors Lost

No girls, all books: in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, four young noblemen abstain from society in order to focus on their academics, taking an oath to only pursue scholarly ideals, not romantic ones. The study buddies quickly find that promise difficult to uphold when the princess of France shows up with three of her young, female, and conveniently unwed friends. What could go wrong?

As the young men attempt to stave off temptation and keep to their studies, romance has other plans as love sneaks in and cares are tossed away. Mania ensues as the men find creative ways to avoid contact with the women, but one by one, they each fall for one of the four women. As they all confess their love, the story builds to a bittersweet conclusion.

What to Watch For

  • The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is located in upstate New York in the idyllic town of Garrison. Only an hour north of the city — an easy bus, car, or train ride away — this summertime festival is a mecca for Shakespeare lovers and has attracted audiences since its founding in 1987.
  • Director Amanda Dehnert is celebrated for her work in enlivening classics. She has won an Elliot Norton Award and has staged a number of classics at theatres, from Trinity Rep to Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
  • While this production is musical and zippy, the original text for Love's Labour's Lost features the longest scene (Act V, Scene II), the longest single word (honorificabilitudinitatibus), and (depending on production decisions), the longest speech (in Act IV) in all of Shakespeare's plays.
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