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Love's Labour's Lost, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford

DAVID Tennant is the star vehicle for this production, which doubtless sold out months ago.

DAVID Tennant is the star vehicle for this production, which doubtless sold out months ago.

So what is the point, you may ask, of me rabbiting on about a production that you've no chance of seeing, unless you aim for when it moves to London - although that's probably sold out too.

Well the fact is that, although it may be the Time Lord's name in lights, it's Joe Dixon who steals the show.

Dixon's been in countless RSC productions and, as the Spanish light relief Don Adriano Armado, pockets this one.

The guitar strumming love-struck Don had the audience in stitches from the moment he strutted onto the stage, accompanied by his razor sharp companion Moth, played by the waspish Zoe Thorne.

His wooing of Riann Steele's Jaquenetta is the counterbalance to the courtly love antics of the King of Navarre and his companions, and the Princess of France and hers.

Tennant of course commands the stage, and he is excellent, using his familiarity as a TV star to create an instant rapport with the audience, but he's also part of a much greater whole.

The result is that, as an ensemble, this play works on all levels, from the clarity of Shakespeare's beautiful poetry, to its superb comic timing, making for a most enjoyable and memorable evening.

Ricky Champ's Costard proves a wonderful clown, Mark Hadfield a deadly witty Boyet, while the French court of Mariah Gale, Nina Sosanya, Natalie Walter and Kathryn Drysdale are a source of pure joy.

And the thing is that, long after the Time Lord has climbed into his Tardis and flown away, they and their like will still be here, turning out cracking productions by our greatest writer for us all to enjoy.



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