As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
1st - 9th July 2005
~ Directed by Eric Chorley ~

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As You Like It is considered by many to be one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, and the heroine, Rosalind, is praised as one of his most inspiring characters and has more lines than any of Shakespeare's female characters. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke falls in love with Orlando the disinherited son of one of the duke's friends. When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick , Rosalind switches genders and as Ganymede travels with her loyal cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. Observations on life and love follow (including love, aging, the natural world, and death) friends are made, and families are reunited. By the play's end Ganymede, once again Rosalind, marries her Orlando. Two other sets of lovers are also wed, one of them Celia and Orlando's mean older brother Oliver . As Oliver becomes a gentler, kinder young man so the Duke conveniently changes his ways and turns to religion and so that the exiled Duke, father of Rosalind, can rule once again.

Cast
Patrick SunnersDuke Frederic/Duke Senior
Hannah WilkinsonRosalind
Sophia HigginsCelia
Stuart HandysidesOrlando
Adam SimmondsOliver
Ray NewtonTouchstone
Louise KemplenAudrey
Andy KirtleyCorin/Charles/Oliver Martest
Roz Saint ClarePhebe
Jordan BlaxhillSilvius
Claudia McKelveyJacques
Alex BraceWilliam
Jackie LawnLe Beau/Hymen
David WilkinsonAdam
Crew
Paul MortonProduction Secretary
Louise KemplenProduction Secretary
Jean WalkerProduction Secretary
Mark JamesStage Manager
Tony MasonSound
Naomi WattsProps & Set Dressing
Ken AllfordLighting
Richard DodwellLighting
Paul MortonLighting
Julia BranniganWardrobe
Jackie LawnWardrobe
Chris JanesSet Design