Love's Labour's Lost the play by William Shakespeare
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Summary of the plot or story
The Princess of France and her company of ladies Rosaline, Maria and Katherine tell the men wooing them (Ferdinand the King of Navarre, Biron, Longaville and Dumain) that they must wait and undergo tests to prove that their love is not simply infatuation. King Ferdinand and his compatriots decide to isolate themselves for three years to study great books vowing that they will keep no company with women during this time. However, when beautiful women arrive on a diplomatic mission, the men immediately fail to keep their oaths. The ladies discover the situation and the gentlemen realise that they truly love the ladies. The ladies banish the men to a hermitage for a further year before they will associate with them.
Information provided about the Love's Labour's Lost play
William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived. Eighteen unauthorised versions of his plays were, however, published during his lifetime in quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers (there were no copyright laws protecting Shakespeare and his works during the Elizabethan era). A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 (a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate other dates are substantiated by historical events, records of performances and the dates plays appeared in print.
Date first performed
It is believed that Love's Labour's Lost was first performed between 1594 and 1595. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and Love's Labour's Lost would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date first printed
It is believed that Love's Labour's Lost was first printed in 1598. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.
The setting for Love's Labour's Lost
The setting is Navarre, a province in northern Spain bordered by France.
Theme of Love's Labour's Lost
The play is categorised as a Comedy
Number of words in Love's Labour's Lost
The number of words in the script, according to the Complete Public Domain Text is 22,994.