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Shakespeare: As you like it (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Lucy Phelps (Rosalind); Antony Byrne (Duke Senior / Duke Frederick); Sophie Khan Levy (Celia); Sandy Grierson (Touchstone); Emily Johnstone (Amiens / Le Beau); Graeme Brookes (Charles / Lord, exiled with Duke Senior); Leo Wan (Oliver); Aaron Thiara (Jaques de Bois / Dennis); David Ajao (Orlando); Patrick Brennan (Corin); Charlotte Arrowsmith (Audrey); Tom Dawze (William);
‘Inventive, playful, captivating’
(DAILY TELEGRAPH ★★★★)
"LOVE IS MERELY A MADNESS"
Rosalind is banished from Court. With her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from the Court into the Forest.
What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty crossdressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness?
Kimberley Sykes directs this playful and passionate version of Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy.
‘Captures the joy of falling in love’
(MAIL ON SUNDAY ★★★★)
"Lucy Phelps and Sophie Khan Levy ooze chemistry… some wonderful comedy comes from her character’s banter with Khan’s stroppy Celia" (Mail on Sunday ★★★★)
"The Forest of Arden has rarely felt more appealing" (The Guardian)
"‘Antony Byrne is typically commanding in the roles of both fraternal Dukes" (WhatsOn Stage)
Cast Interviews; Interview with designer Stephen Brimson Lewis; Cast Gallery; Director's commentary