All’s fair in love and Shake­speare

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The bat­tle lines are drawn in a wit war be­tween men and women in the lat­est pro­duc­tion from the Sum­mer Shake­speare Trust and Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

Pro­ducer Sally Thor­burn said the 2016 pro­duc­tion – Love’s Labours Lost – fol­lowed a king and his com­pan­ions, who have vowed to swear off women and com­mit to three years of study.

‘‘As you can imag­ine this all goes very wrong, be­cause the gor­geous Princess of France and her ladies-in-wait­ing are due to ar­rive for a visit, and it isn’t long be­fore the men be­come in­fat­u­ated by their charms,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a great bat­tle of the sexes, and de­bate be­tween love and learn­ing.’’

The an­nual out­door theatre event, spon­sored by Vic­to­ria Univer­sity, will be per­formed at the Dell in Welling­ton’s Botanic Gar­den from un­til Fe­bru­ary 27.

Love’s Labours Lost is an early Shake­speare com­edy.

This year marks 400 years since the fa­mous writer’s death.

‘‘There will be events and pro­duc­tions all around the world to com­mem­o­rate this oc­ca­sion, and it’s great to be part of that,’’ Thor­burn said.

At the helm is di­rec­tor Ania Up­still, the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Welling­ton-based Shake­spearean com­pany Lord Lack­beards. She com­pleted an in­tern­ship at Shake­speare’s Globe Theatre in Lon­don last year.

The show fea­tures ac­tors rang­ing from ages 12 to 37, se­lected by open au­di­tions.

‘‘We al­ways have a strong con­tin­gent of cast and crew who are Vic­to­ria Univer­sity alumni or stu­dents.

‘‘The cru­cial re­la­tion­ship with the univer­sity dates back to 1983.’’

The play also in­cludes all the ac­tors cross-dress­ing, which Thor­burn said was chal­leng­ing and fun for the ac­tors.

‘‘The men act­ing as women and the women as men adds an el­e­ment to the hu­mour.

‘‘When the cos­tume de­signer de­liv­ered the chaps’ dresses, the ex­cite­ment in the room was pal­pa­ble!’’

Ania Up­still, a Welling­to­nian, was nom­i­nated for most promis­ing new di­rec­tor at the 2015 Welling­ton Theatre Awards.

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