Shakespeare's Globe

Love's Labour's Lost [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Paula Garfield

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in British Sign Language by Deafinitely Theatre, from London, England.

By translating the rich, pun-riddled text of Love's Labour's Lost into the physical language of BSL, Deafinitely Theatre create a new interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy, accessible to theatregoers of all backgrounds. Deafinitely, who have worked at the Soho Theatre and Tricycle Theatre, aim to build a bridge between deaf and hearing worlds by performing to both groups as one audience. This is the first time this has been attempted with a full Shakespeare play.


The court of Navarre: the King and his three Lords vow to stay away from wine, women and luxury; but when the princess and her ladies from France arrive, they begin to change their minds. As each gives in to his affections and breaks his oath, they all try – unsuccessfully - to keep their love secret from each other.


  • Sound Designer Phillippa Herrick
  • Set Designer Simon Heap
  • Costume Designer Fiona Albrow
  • Creative Interpreter Kate Furby
  • Musician Jon Whitton
  • Musician Flora Curzon

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