Love's Labour's Lost 1594–1595


First official record: version of the play published in 1598 (this play was never entered into the Stationers' Register)


First published: version of the play published in quarto in 1598 as A Pleasant Conceited Comedie called Loves labors lostFirst recorded performance: according to the quarto title page, the play was performed at court for Queen Elizabeth sometime over Christmas 1597.Evidence: The play is dated almost solely by stylistic evidence. Most scholars agree that its style predates Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, and Ants Oras' pause test places it after Richard III. Wells and Taylor find plausible allusions to the Gray's Inn revels of December 1594, and they also find plausible Bullough's argument that the satire of the King of Navarre favours a date after autumn 1594.

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