Love’s Labour’s Lost
Shakespeare’s Globe

‘Timothy Walker’s Armado is not the fantastical braggart of most productions but a character (the only character) who is genuinely, painfully in love … Unlike the lords and ladies, this Armado knows about the real world. When he steps out of his role in the pageant of the Nine Worthies, it is a moment of genuine elegy. And from the beginning of the play his realisation that “I shall be forsworn” (in loving Jacquenetta rather than living studiously) causes him genuine ethical anxiety; he cannot justify breaking his vow solipsistically as the lords later do. This is not quite “the tragedy of Don Adriano de Armado”, but it comes close.’
Times Literary Supplement