As You Like It

Author(s): William Shakespeare
Company: Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre
Running time: 2h 30min approx

As You Like It

Northern Broadsides' staging of As You Like It emboldens the timeless themes of love, gender, identity and power in Shakespeare’s original with an original set and a high fashion costumes by E.M Parry.

Set in a stylish but stifling court, where the Duke is all powerful and brute strength is championed over basic human decency, the high-spirited Rosalind and devoted cousin Celia are no longer welcome.

When they escape into the forest in disguise, they bump into the recent object of Rosalind’s affection, Orlando, leading to an elaborate game of fluid identity where all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

As the seasons change in this magical place, normal roles dissolve and assumptions are turned on their head in this celebration of the transformative power of love and the natural world, featuring some of Shakespeare’s most vivid characters and memorable poetry.

Performances

Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Perth Theatre, Perth