This production began performances on 3rd June and closed on 3rd September 2005.
A brilliant production! Witty performances, ravishing designs.
David Lan’s production sets As You Like It in late1940’s France. The court of the Duke, exiled to the forest of Arden (the Ardennes), are philosophers and poets of Paris café society. Their songs are in the style of the music of Yves Montand and Edith Piaf. The violence in this dark romance is the memory of the second world war.
Rosalind (disguised as a boy) goes into the forest in search of her father and finds Orlando, with whom she is infatuated, also fleeing tyranny. She offers to cure him of his obsession with her. Thus begins Shakespeare’s great comedy of young love.
Who could fail to fall in love with a Rosalind played by Helen McCrory...GLORIOUS.
David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, directs Helen McCrory, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Reece Shearsmith in a new production of Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy, As You Like It.
The rush of ideas leads an intangible sparkle...it can't help but score.
HELEN MCCRORY – Rosalind
SIENNA MILLER – Celia
DOMINIC WEST – Orlando
SEAN HUGHES – Touchstone
REECE SHEARSMITH – Jaques
CLIVE ROWE – Duke Senior
ANDREW WOODALL – Oliver
DAVID KILLICK – Adam/Corin
BEN TURNER – Silvius
NIGEL RICHARDS – Duke Frederick/Hymen
DENISE GOUGH – Phebe
ANDREW FRENCH – Charles/First Lord
SAM KENYON – Amiens
REBECCA JENKINS – Audrey
MICHAEL HOWCROFT – Le Beau
LISA LEE LESLIE – Page
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Playwright
DAVID LAN – Director
RICHARD HUDSON – Designer
TIM MITCHELL – Lighting
PAUL GROOTHIUS – Sound
TIM SUTTON – Music
BEN WRIGHT – Movement