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Oxford University students stage Shakespeare comedy

Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) will arrive in Tokyo on Aug. 12-13 to perform William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” described by the society as a “witty battle of the sexes” containing “verbal sparring and love-struck flirtation.”

Before arriving in Japan, OUDS will also perform this early comedy in two gala performances at Westminster Abbey and as part of the RSC Complete Works Festival Fringe in Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of this month.

Founded in 1885, OUDS is Oxford University’s leading student dramatic society, and this is the eighth time it has toured Japan. Many of the students go on to successful careers as actors, directors, producers and technicians — past members/directors have included John Gielgud, Rowan Atkinson and John Betjeman.

OUDS perform “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Small Hall 2, 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, on Aug. 12 (1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.) and August 13 (1 p.m.).

The venue is a short walk from Ikebukuro Station. Non-reserved seats are 2,500 yen for adults, 2,000 yen for students (tel. [03] 5391-2111).