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17 06.15

‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

Nicole Cooper will be appearing in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ with Bard in the Botanic at the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow. Nicole will be playing the role of Rosaline in ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ from the 24th-11th July and the role of Portia in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ from 16th July-1st August.

nicole cooperLove’s Labour’s Lost
In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve. Soon all are smitten and confusion abounds, as each struggles secretly to declare his love in this comedy of deception, desire and mistaken identity.

 

“What fool is not so wise
To lose an oath to win a paradise?”

The ultimate battle of the sexes, Love’s Labour’s Lost is by turns romantic, hilarious and unbearably touching and this summer Bard in the Botanics brings Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy to the Scottish professional stage for the first time in almost 50 years in a beautiful new promenade production.

The Merchant of Venice

In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his wooing of a wealthy heiress. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city.

But if the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. When the contract is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

For more information and to book tickets, please click here: http://bardinthebotanics.co.uk/