Love’s Labor’s Lost
The labor's of love are lost—for the boys. At the end of the play, Jack does not get Jill; these girls have bigger plans. “Assist me, some extemporal God of Rhyme, for I am sure I shall turn sonnet."
For a synopsis, see Wikipedia.
For those of you who provide parts a scene at a time, this Character Chart shows all the characters' lines in each scene: Love's Labor's Lost
If your group reads the plays straight through in one sitting and you want to divide up the parts, we have a number of “cast” lists already divided up for you. These are text files that you can edit to suit your group. We always recommend in a straight-through read that each participant take a moment beforehand to mark their parts—then everything proceeds so smoothly.
This is one of Shakespeare's three plays that has an original plot (besides A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest), so there is no source material to peruse.
This play holds one of the longest word in English literature: honorificabilitudinitatibus, spoken by Costard the rustic fellow. This word is not in the OED (Oxford English Dictionary: The definitive record of the English language), although the word honorificabilitudinity is. It is not the longest word in the English language (heck, there's antidisestablishmentarianism and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious).
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This is an audio recording of the play by professional actors with sound effects:
This is a surprisingly delightful production with Kenneth Branagh and Alicia Silverstone. If you're a purist, it's not for you! Watch the backstory before you watch the film to set yourself up for enjoyment. Tap dancing to iambic pentameter!