THROWBACK THURSDAY PHOTOS: David Tennant In Love's Labour's Lost In 2008
Today's Throwback post is honour of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations that will be happening at the weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2008 David appeared in the town's Courtyard Theatre as Berowne in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Love's Labour's Lost.
The King of Navarre and three of his lords form a little 'academe' in which they vow to study for three years, renouncing the company of women. But the Princess of France and three of her ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission, throwing the plan into chaos as soon as the vows are made. The men from Navarre trump each other in a scene in which they are overheard reading aloud their bad love poems. The ladies then comprehensively outwit the men in a scene involving Russian disguise. A comic sub-plot concerns an extravagantly spoken Spaniard, his clever page, a country clown and a pregnant dairymaid, with contributions from a curate and a pedantic schoolmaster, culminating in a pageant of classical and biblical heroes, 'The Nine Worthies'. Halfway through this show, Marcade arrives with news of the death of the princess' father. The mood turns sombre and the ladies give the men the task of performing a year's ascetic penance or community service before they will marry them.