Apr 112012

Performed in British Sign Language
As seen at Shakespeare’s Globe | National Tour | Deafinitely Theatre:


Love's Labours Lost Hands

Love's Labour's Lost | performed in British Sign Language

At the court of Navarre the young King and three of his courtiers deny all pleasures to give full attention to their studies. But the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting have other ideas. It isn’t long before young love – happy, embarrassing and awkward – has caused all the men to break their own rules.


In Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare boisterously sends up all those who try and turn their back on life. It is a light and sometimes wicked commentary on both the playwright’s era and the timeless themes of love, drunkenness, lust – and the war between men and women.

Love's Labour's Lost | Deafinitely Theatre

Love's Labour's Lost | Deafinitely Theatre

By translating the rich, pun-riddled text of Love’s Labour’s Lost into the physical language of BSL and combining it with live music, Deafinitely Theatre create a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy, accessible to theatregoers of all backgrounds. Deafinitely, who have performed many times at Soho Theatre, aim to build a bridge between deaf and hearing worlds by performing to both groups as one audience. This is the first time this has been attempted with a full Shakespeare play.

Event Details:
Title: Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Company: Deafinitely Theatre.
Dates: 07 & 08 June 2012.
Time: 19:30, doors open 45min before the show.
Tickets: £12.00 (£10.00)
Available: TOM’s Box Office online or on 01273 201 801.


Guardian.co.uk 4 out of 5
“Deafinitely’s aim has always been to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing audiences, and the gap gets smaller here. It’s not only a new approach for existing Shakespeare fans; it also provides a great introduction to the playwright, especially for children. Definitely, I’d say, theatre for everyone.”
Lucy Howard. 25 May 2012. (Performed at The Globe, London.) Read this review in full.

“There is a real sense of liberation in seeing Deafinitely perform an established work. They are able to make one of Shakespeare’s plays their own. Love’s Labour’s Lost is often thought of as one of his least accessible plays, but here it is made accessible, and most importantly, funny, for all. I hope this is not the last time Deafinitely Theatre tackle Shakespeare, because as the level of applause as the actors took their bows showed, this was a complete triumph.”
Charlie Swinbourne. 23 May 2012. (Performed at The Globe, London.) Read this review in full.