Five-star reviews for Love’s Labour’s Lost

-Posted on 10.07.2017

The Academy’s Musical Theatre Company production of Shakespeare musical receives five-star reviews

Our Musical Theatre Company production of Love’s Labour’s Lost has garnered excellent reviews and five-star ratings. The coming-of-age comedy, adapted from the Shakespeare by Alex Timbers and given a pop–rock score by Michael Friedman, ran 29 June to 2 July at Hackney Empire, directed by Bruce Guthrie and choreographed by Steve Kirkham. 

Christopher Wiley of Musical Theatre Review awarded the show five stars, writing: ‘Such was the superlative quality of the production, the esteemed reputation of the company, and the ensemble nature of the show, that it was a genuine challenge to single out individuals for praise.’ He concluded, ‘The Royal Academy of Music truly gave Timbers and Friedman’s creative adaptation the fitting maiden voyage in the Bard’s home country that it richly deserved.’ Read the full review

Nick Breckenfield of Classical Source also awarded five stars and wrote of the first UK production of the work, which was first staged in New York in 2013, ‘All credit (and huge thanks) to the Royal Academy’s Musical Theatre department for picking it up... and for director Bruce Guthrie, his team and the ridiculously talented final-year students for filling the Hackney Empire with such a riot of colour and wit, let alone running the gamut of emotions in such an affecting way.’ Read the full review


Photos of both casts: Marc Brenner

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