The Forest of Arden: Orlando loves Rosalind. Rosalind is disguised as a boy called Ganymede. Phebe loves Ganymede. Silvius loves Phebe. Rosalind loves Orlando back. Oliver is hunting Orlando. Celia loves Oliver. Celia is disguised as Aliena. The Duke is hunting Celia. The other Duke is hunting deer. Jaques loves the deer. Touchstone is freaked out by Jaques. Audrey loves Touchstone. Touchstone loves words … It turns out to be quite a hard play to describe. In the end there’s a wedding and they all go home.
As You Like It is breadth of life as only Shakespeare knows how. This is the tale of a mixed bag of ordinary human beings on a tremendous voyage of discovery. At its heart is a heroically foolhardy attempt to begin society all over again, which makes this a perfect end to the first year of the new Belvoir.
Eamon Flack’s triumphantly ridiculous A Midsummer Night’s Dream played in the Downstairs Theatre in 2009. He is assembling a company of Australia’s brightest, shiniest and funniest for an adventure into the realms of this magnificent comedy about the great graceful drift of life.
By William Shakespeare
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Alistair Watts
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Frank Mainoo
Stage Manager Chris Baglot
Assistant Stage Manager Mel Dyer
There is so much to enjoy in this cast’s playing. Alison Bell’s Rosalind and Ashley Zukerman’s Orlando are attractive and enchanting…John McCallum | The Australian
There are many lovely moments and fresh interactions open to us in this production.Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
… vivid, riotous and warm-hearted, a theatrical carnival of sound and spectacle.Jodi McAlister | Australian Stage
… Shakespearean comedy as it ought to be: cheeky, accessible, hilarious, tightly paced and featuring Casey Donovan in a lion costume.Darryn King | Time Out