Opened 8 June 2009
Written: by William Shakespeare
Directed: Thea Sharrock
Cast: Naomi Frederick (Rosalind), Laura Rogers (Celia) , Jack Laskey (Orlando)
Synopsis: Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy she leaves with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone, to seek out her father in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love and wooing.
What the popular press had to say.....
DOMINIC MAXWELL for THE TIMES says, "It’s an enjoyable, well-spoken production that needs just a bit more pace and passion to become fully contagious." ALICE JONES for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Boisterous, rambunctious new production...This is an As You Like It bursting with youth and vigour...beautifully-spoken production...joyous production... Feelgood theatre, indeed." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "A production of such sweet humour and wit that you find yourself surrendering to it just as Rosalind allows herself to surrender to love." FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "There’s much to enjoy in the rest of the strongly realised roles from this far better than average Globe cast." FRANCESCA WHITING for THE STAGE says, "A truly entertaining production." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Continuously enchanting...it is irresistible...There's a constant feeling of wit, mischief and strong sexual attraction."
Production photo by John Tramper