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Lads must choose between study or wine, women and song
The Melbourne Shakespeare Company are at it again. They are bringing old favourite plays into the modern era as the best theatre with comic flair. This Shakespearean Theatre Company was formed in 2016 to celebrate 400 years since William Shakespeare trod the stage and left the world with iconic poetry and theatre including 39 plays.

Love's Labour Lost Shakespeare Comic Play
Love's Labour Lost Shakespeare Comic Play

Since 2016, the talented company have put on 5 major theatre productions. And this summer they are creating their magic again with their new production Love's Labour's Lost. And you will be in the midst of it, as it is put on in the round at Central Park, 148 Burke Road, Malvern East, 3145. Central Park is a stunning garden covering over 19 acres with splendid avenues of trees, shrubs and flowers in bloom. Come early so you can wander through the stunning grounds with also includes a playground. This historical garden is also the home to one of the oldest conservatories in the state and with its original landscape features, it is one of only a handful of "Edwardian" public gardens remaining in Victoria.

Study or Play at Malvern Central Park
Study or Play at Malvern Central Park

There is not a better environment to experience this comic Shakespearean adventure. Just pack up your picnic basket with any yummy treat you want and bring a rug or your favourite fold up chairs and plan to sit back and laugh yourself silly. (Umbrellas just in case of rain as the show must go on). Then join the circle of excitement, as the theatre is in the round, so you are intimately drawn into the action.

Where there is Melbourne Shakespeare there is always music, so prepare for, A Ukulele Chorus, "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls and dance offs. Does this not sound like the death and doom that William normally writes? It is not. Because it has been evolved by Director Jennifer Sarah Dean (who trained at London's Globe Theatre) to a higher level of "relatable tragic comedy" or as William Shakespeare would have said "Romance". It includes live music, slapstick comedy and a dance fest choreographed by John Reed. No one can resist a comic romance especially went it is performed this well. So this is a must see show with a limited season.

According to the director, "this is one of Shakespeare's most unknown plays and I can't wait for audiences to fall in love with the characters and get caught in the intense passion of this story".

Gorgeous Girls distract boys and love letters get crossed
Gorgeous Girls distract boys and love letters get crossed

It is set in a 1940's Yacht club (again not the ancient 1600's) and the talented cast keep the story spinning faster and faster. The plot is convoluted fun, as we discover that King Ferdinand and his friends Berowne, Longaville and Dumaine have had one too many nights on the town instead of studying diligently for their futures. This is the slippery slide to "parents pulling the financial plug".

Dance Feast at Comic Play
Dance Feast at Comic Play

So the boys make a pact, a dire oath, "No wine, no women, study study study till death or graduation,". Well these are the best laid plans of mice and men. But then arrive "women". Not just any women, the women. The Princess of France and her three ladies, Rosaline, Maria, and Katharine, attended by Boyet, are on an embassy to Navarre's court.

They are smart, sexy, beautiful, and oh so desirable.

Picnic while you enjoy love conquering all
Picnic while you enjoy love conquering all

The boys promptly forget their pact, and it is all for one and one for all.. oh dear no that is in the Three Musketeers; back to Shakespeare. Love is in the air, the oath is forgotten, and the comic mayhem begins with "mismatched love letters, silly disguises and a dramatic departure".

Melbourne Shakespeare are proud to announce this show is, "starring Tref Gare, audience's favourite cross-dressing nurse from their 2018 sold-out season of Romeo and Juliet, and Callum Mackay as Lord Biron (The Waiting Game, Winging It) and promises high energy and stunning melodies".

Much ado about nothing?
Much ado about nothing?

Ah the days of Romeo and Juliet, even I played a part in that once as Nursee, so a Shakespearean show is close to my heart.
So whether you choose to go on a sunny afternoon or a star filled night, this play is an extra special once in a lifetime event because this talented cast and superbly directed theatre adds the magic to that moment.

So book now and get there early to get the car and chair parking spots. Tickets are only $20 and are available at

There is easy access with off street parking, as well, there are toilets within the park. The play is only 90 minutes long, so the time shall race by in comic bliss.

Photos courtesy of Melbourne Shakespeare and Burke Photography.
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Why? You love comedy and a picnic both together
When: 2nd to 17th March 2019 at 2 pm or 7 pm
Phone: Via website
Where: Malvern Central Park, 143 Burke Road, Malvern East 3145
Cost: $20
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