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This week sees the first of our Shakespeare broadcasts for 2015 on the big screen. For our first two screenings, Christopher Luscombe directs Shakespeare’s great pair of romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won – the latter usually known as Much Ado About Nothing.

Paired together for the first time and set in a beautiful manor house, based on Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park, the plays are set on either side of World War One, with both productions featuring the same company of actors.

Tickets are £12, £10 Concessions, £8 for holders of CADOS or Cinema Season Tickets. Book at Malcolm's Musicland, 01257 264362, online (links below), or on the door.

Here's the schedule:
Wednesday 11th February
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

Doors open 6.30pm, pre-show starts 7pm, Act I starts 7.15pm
There will be a 20 minute interval, and the broadcast will end approximately 9.45pm


Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his
friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they
made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting
arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare's sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an
unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in
fact the highest of all academic endeavours. Only at the end of the play is the
merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the
world around them is about to be utterly transformed by the war to end all wars.
Online booking: WeGotTickets SeeTickets.

Wednesday 4th March
LOVE'S LABOUR'S WON

Doors open 6.30pm, pre-show starts 7pm, Act I starts 7.15pm
There will be a 20 minute interval, and the broadcast will end approximately 9.50pm


Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and
his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of
conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly,
deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more
combative courtship.

Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war
house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is
threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.
Online booking: WeGotTickets SeeTickets.

Reviews
Daily Telegraph ????? 'Terrific...continual comic verve'

Times ????? 'Brilliantly comic...extraordinarily powerful'

Daily Mail ????? 'A marvel...immaculately co-ordinated'

Sunday Times ???? 'These productions are a joy.'

Guardian ???? 'This imaginative pairing makes total sense. If love is thwarted in the first play, it is triumphantly fulfilled in the second'

Financial Times ???? 'A power that shakes you in your seat'

Evening Standard ???? 'Exquisite....Cherishable... Immaculate'
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Whatsonstage.com ???? 'Visually astounding...a feast for the eyes'

Sunday Mirror 'Quite simply, the best plays you'll see anywhere'


In other news, the new cinema season Membership cards will be in Malcolm's Musicland from Wednesday this week (and at the Love's Labour's Lost screening)