Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys into exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from court into the dappled Forest of Arden. What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs and laughs aplenty.
Blending physical comedy, music, storytelling and puppetry, this playful As You Like It brings the audience right to the heart of the action and is a celebration of theatre itself.
RSC transfer works best when it engages with the complex emotions of the play
Arden has rarely felt more appealing
Director Kimberley Sykes has not opted for subtlety
The production oozes theatrical magic; it grips the crowd from start to finish, charming them with its intrigue and presenting its sweet love story under dainty lights
This pleasant RSC production never quite lives up to the inspired idea of reimagining Shakespeare’s play as a backstage comedy
A hotchpotch, but a captivating one
Appealing show needs to cut the bad comedy
There’s much to admire in Kimberley’s Sykes’s production of Shakespeare’s lively comedy