The U Department of Theatre presents Shakespeare’s sophisticated early comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

October 12 2017

The University of Utah’s Department of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s sophisticated early comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Terri McMahon, artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over 25 years, acting in nearly 50 productions, playing over 75 roles from Shakespeare, Moliere, and Ibsen to new works by Robert Schenkkan and Lynn Nottage. The production runs Oct. 20-29 in Studio 115.

Through witty and playful banter, Love’s Labour’s Lost tells the story of the King of Navarre and his three court followers, who swear they will speak to no women during their three-year “academy” study period. But the instant they take that vow, the Princess of France arrives with her three captivating female attendants, and all bets are off. Guest Director Terri McMahon says, Love’s Labour’s Lost has more sexual innuendo, more puns (just under 200), and more triple layers of philosophical meanings on top of the puns’ double meanings, that Shakespeare manages to out-funny bone any YouTube trender.” Verbal promiscuity threatens the social order in Love’s Labour’s Lost. It’s the women who prevent the disintegration of language, and by extension the social order, insisting on fidelity between word and meaning.  

Dates and Times: Previews Oct. 18 and 19 at 7:30P Show runs Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 26-29 at 7:30P with matinees on Oct. 28 and 29 at 2P
Location: Studio 115 in the Performing Arts Building, 240 S. 1500 East. Parking is available in the visitor's lot to the south of the theatre, at Rice-Eccles Stadium or on Presidents Circle.
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $18, University of Utah faculty and staff are $15, University of Utah students are free with UCard and all other students with valid student ID are $8.50. Tickets can be obtained by calling 801-581-7100, online at or at the Performing Arts Box Office, located at Kingsbury Hall. 

Audience Advisory: Sexual Innuendos
Age Recommendations: Ages 14+