Open-air Theatre


by William Shakespeare

Two heart-shaped red balloons and pages floating in the sky

Thu 25 July - Sat 3 August 2019 at 7.30pm (no performance Sun 28 July)
Performed in the open air in the courtyard of Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton NN1 5LW


Children (up to and including 15-years-old): £6.00
Masque Theatre members: £9.00
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £27.00

Tickets for this production are only available on-the-door on the evening of each performance. Box Office opens at 7.00pm. We are unable to accept card payments.

Seating is unreserved. Please let us know in advance if you have any special requirements. Email: or call 07783 531542.

This is an open air production with no cover from the elements. Please wear appropriate clothing!

Shakespeare meets The Big Bang Theory/Beauty and the Geek

Beverley Webster | director

In this modernised version of one of the lesser known of Shakespeare's comedies we meet four guys who vow to give up women, excessive food and sleep in order to study for three years.

As if this isn't hard enough, almost immediately four gorgeous girls arrive hoping to meet with the guys on urgent business and needing a place to stay.

Woven into the plot are a variety of familiar comedy characters: the pompous schoolmistress, the dim-witted policeman and the dithering vicar, alongside wily servants and a comedy Spaniard, all stock characters from commedia dell'arte, the ancestor of our pantomime tradition.

This is a colourful, fast-paced comedy romp with a twist, because just when the labours of love appear to be succeeding ultimately it is Love's Labours Lost.

Read a full synopsis of the play by downloading the document below (PDF format):

Download synopsis

Masque Theatre's production is directed by Beverley Webster who has previously directed Playhouse Creatures (2017)