"O, these are barren tasks, too hard to keep,
Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep!"
Ferdinand and his friends have just arrived in Cambridge, and the next three years are mapped out for them: sleep three hours a night, work the rest of the day, and (most importantly) never see women. However, the boys have a few surprise visitors - Ferdinand’s old flame from his gap year in France has come to Cambridge, and she’s brought her girlfriends with her. And there’s a ‘fantastical spaniard’ touring the place, looking for love but never quite finding it. Will true love triumph? The clue is in the title.
Shakespeare’s most intelligent and self-aware comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a Blackadder-esque satire on the pretentiousness of Cambridge and its students.