Theatre Review: As You Like It

16 Jun

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Plot: Rosalind (Naomi Frederick), the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando (Jack Laskey) 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.

Still riding high from the National Theatre’s production of All’s Well that Ends Well, I am quite ready for another Shakespeare production, this time at the Globe Theatre. I am actually going to be spending a lot of time at the Globe this year with 5 plays and this was brought on by last year’s The Merry Wives of Windsor which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have never had so much fun in a Shakespeare play since last year’s Much Ado About Nothing and it’s not just because Simon Russell Beale and Zoe Wanamaker did well, it was altogether an excellent production and the same can be said for Thea Sharrock’s take of As You Like It. Pardon the pun, it’s exactly as you like it – funny, witty, sweet.

Naomi Frederick’s Rosalind is winning, with her wit and intelligence shining through and as a woman in love you can’t help but feel for her too. I liked the determined ruggedness of Jack Laskey’s Orlando and my favorite scenes were between them two with Rosalind as Ganymede in disguise. There’s superb support from Tim McMullan as Jaques, Jamie Parker as Orlando’s brother Oliver, Laura Rogers as Celia, and Dominic Rowan as a very funny Touchstone.

I have a very strong desire of seeing this again. As I really liked it.

As You Like It: 4/5
Playing at the Globe Theatre until 10 October

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