Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Dominic Dromgoole on Love’s Labour’s Lost (2009)

Love’s Labour’s Lost is a play that can
become perilously close to self-important if it doesn’t involve the audience. It’s an incredible feast of wild and strange
and recherché (and some of it very difficult) language, and if that’s removed from the audience
then it becomes very distant. The essence of our production of Love’s
Labour’s Lost is to involve the audience and share the language with the audience as
an act of generosity, so that we’re saying it’s like this extraordinary
meal of different flavours and different tastes and every character that comes on has a very
idiosyncratic language and we try and share some of that excitement
with the audience. We’re trying to bring a little bit of that
Globe spirit to America. We don’t try and re-jig our shows so that
they’ll fit into a normal proscenium theatre; we try and recreate some of the excitement,
some of the life, some of the anarchy, some of the fun, some of the sexuality, some
of the delights that we have here in a show at the Globe. So there’s a lot of music, there’s a big
dance at the end, the Shakespeare is spoken (we hope) very well
and very clearly, there’s a lot of direct address to the audience. It’s very different as an event from a classic,
rather self-important, rather stiff rendition of a Shakespeare. It’s much more fresh, much more human, much
more lively, we hope.

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