From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's dazzling comedy. This book includes an introduction to Love's Labour's Lost by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate. The play - with clear explanatory notes on each page. A scene-by-scene analysis. An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre. A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play. The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of Love's Labour's Lost in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors - Terry Hands, Liz Shipman and Gregory Doran - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.