Trevor Nunn's farewell production as artistic director of the National Theatre, Love's Labours Lost, opens tonight (21 February 2003, previews from 15 February) at the NT Olivier, where it's twinned in repertory for the next month in repertory with Nunn's Laurence Olivier award-winning revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes.

The all-star cast for the Shakespeare comedy includes screen stars Joseph Fiennes as Berowne (pictured in costume) and Olivia Williams as the Princess of France, along with Simon Day (The King of Navarre), Kate Fleetwood (Rosaline), John Barrowman (Dumaine), Jane Fowler (Maria), Richard Henders (Costard), Akiya Henry (Moth), Annette McLaughlin (Jaquenetta), Martin Marquez (Armado), Tam Mutu (Longaville), Robin Soans (Holofernes), Mary Stockley (Katharine) and Philip Voss (Boyet).

The majority of the company are also currently appearing in Anything Goes, Nunn's penultimate production and his swansong NT musical, which last week won the Olivier for Outstanding Musical Production (See News, 14 Feb 2003).

Nunn, who has been NT artistic director since September 1997, steps down at the beginning of April 2003, when Nicholas Hytner takes over after a six-month transition period (See News, 23 Jan 2003). While he has faced harsh criticism during its five-and-a-half years in office, he has also presided some of the National's biggest critical and commercial successes in the institution's five-decade history.

Nunn may be best remembered for his multi Olivier Award-winning musical revivals such as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, South Pacific and now Anything Goes, though, in fact, they constitute only a fraction of the scores of classic revivals and new plays mounted at the National under his reign. In recent years, they have included award-laden productions and box-office smashes such as Vincent in Brixton, All My Sons, Blue/Orange, The Cherry Orchard, A Streetcar Named Desire, Money, Summerfolk, Enemy of the People and Tom Stoppard's epic Russian trilogy, The Coast of Utopia.

- by Terri Paddock