Lyrical comedy on the subject of love

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production - Love’s Labour’s Lost - is taking place this week and runs at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre until Saturday, November 9.

This romantic comedy is performed surprisingly rarely but contains all the ingredients we expect from the lighter Shakespeare plays.

This play is produced by Ian Arnot - his tenth production for the company - and contains romance, colour, laughter, music and the odd tear.

It stars Felicity Freeman, James Dean, Laura Smith and Chris Scott.

In the play, the King of Navarre and three of his lords have made an oath to avoid the company of women and spend three years in fasting and study.

The arrival of the Princess of France and three of her ladies throws the spanner in the works. The young men are soon wildly in love.

The women play it cool and the men’s attempts at courting meet frustrating obstacles.

More earthy comedy is provided by a crew led by an eccentric schoolmaster, a Spanish knight and a seductive village maiden and her would-be lover.

Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions). Call the box office on 01332 255800.