Only with the news of the Princess's father's death are time and reality reawakened. The songs of spring and winter, titled "Ver and Hiems" and "The Cuckoo and the Owl", respectively, occur near the end of the play. Given the critical controversy regarding the exact dating of Love's Labour's Lost , there is some indication that "the songs belong to the additions. Different interpretations of the meaning of these songs include: optimistic commentary for the future, bleak commentary regarding the recent announcement of death, or an ironic device by which to direct the King and his Lords towards a new outlook on love and life.
Due to the opposing nature of the two songs, they can be viewed as a debate on the opposing attitudes on love found throughout the play. The songs, a product of traditional comedic structure, are a method by which the play can be "[brought] within the periphery of the usual comic definition. Critic Thomas Berger states that, regardless of the meaning of these final songs, they are important in their contrast with the lack of song throughout the rest of the play.
Song is allowed into the world of the play at the beginning of Act III, after the Princess and her ladies have been introduced and the men begin to fall in love.
Don Armado insists that Moth sing it twice, but he does not. Berger infers that a song was intended to be inserted at this point, but was never written.
Had a song been inserted at this point of the play, it would have followed dramatic convention of the time, which often called for music between scenes. The earliest recorded performance of the play occurred at Christmas in at the Court before Queen Elizabeth. A second performance is recorded to have occurred in , either at the house of the Earl of Southampton or at that of Robert Cecil, Lord Cranborne.
The whole dialogue is but a string of brilliant conceits, which, if not delivered well, are tedious and unintelligible. The manner in which it was played last night destroyed the brilliancy completely, and left a residuum of insipidity which was encumbered rather than relieved by the scenery and decorations.
James's Theatre in In , the play was given at the New Theatre with Redgrave in the role of Berowne. It both celebrates and satisfies linguistic exuberance, explores the often painful transition from youth to maturity, and reminds us of our common mortality. In late summer , an adaptation of the play was staged in the Dari language in Kabul, Afghanistan by a group of Afghan actors, and was reportedly very well received. A staging by Shakespeare's Globe theatre, with artistic direction by Dominic Dromgoole , toured internationally.
He postulated that the play itself "may well be the first and best example of a genre that would flourish in less sophisticated forms five centuries later: the college comedy. An opera of the same title as the play was composed by Nicolas Nabokov , with a libretto by W. Auden and Chester Kallman , and first performed in In the summer of , The Public Theater in New York City presented a musical adaptation of the play as part of their Shakespeare in the Park programming.
Marc Palmieri's play The Groundling ,  a farce the NY Times referred to as "half comedy and half tragedy", was billed as a "meditation on the meaning of the final moments of Love's Labour's Lost ".
Kenneth Branagh 's film adaptation relocated the setting to the s and attempted to make the play more accessible by turning it into a musical. The film was a box office disappointment. The play was one of the last works to be recorded for the BBC Television Shakespeare project, broadcast in The production set events in the eighteenth century, the costumes and sets being modeled on the paintings of Jean-Antoine Watteau.
This was the only instance in the project of a work set in a period after Shakespeare's death. The episode, entitled The Shakespeare Code focuses on Shakespeare himself and a hypothetical follow-up play, Love's Labour's Won , whose final scene is used as a portal for alien witches to invade Earth. All copies of this play disappear along with the witches.
The cast included Paul Scofield. The music was subsequently converted into an orchestral suite. Two independent filmmakers in Austin, Texas are currently in post-production for a new film adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost , set in a modern-day boarding school.
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