Culture at Cinema: ‘As You Like It’

Rosalie Craig as Rosalind and Joe Bannister as Orlando.

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in more than 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.

On June 18, Cayman audiences can watch the theater performance from its live recording, thanks to the wonders of technology and Culture at the Cinema.

Summary

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden.

There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

Those who associate Shakespearean plays with puffy sleeves and long dresses will be in for a surprise. Here Joe Bannister as Orlando and Leon Annor as Charles have a bit of a wrestling match. - Photos: Johan Persson
Those who associate Shakespearean plays with puffy sleeves and long dresses will be in for a surprise. Here Joe Bannister as Orlando and Leon Annor as Charles have a bit of a wrestling match. – Photos: Johan Persson

History

“As You Like It” is believed to have been written at the end of the 16th century, and was first performed at the start of the 17th century.

It is a beloved play, known for its famous speeches (“All the world’s a stage” and “A fool! A Fool! I met a fool in the forest”), and has been adapted over the years for radio, film and musical theater.

The most recent film adaptation was in 2006, when Kenneth Branagh wore the director’s mantle, and Bryce Dallas Howard played Rosalind, with Kevin Kline as Jacques.

The part of Rosalind has in the past been portrayed by such notable actors as Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, Rebecca Hall, Helen Mirren and Patti LuPone; and Alan Rickman, Stephen Spinella and Stephen Dillane as Jacques.

Sets

One of the most talked-about features of this particular National Theatre production is its stage sets. Without spoiling the surprise, it can simply be revealed that the audience actually applauds the transition from one scene to the next. Dare you miss it?

Tickets for the one showing on June 18 are $40 each and are available at the Regal Camana Bay box office. They include one glass of bubbly, and a licensed bar is on the premises. Only 18 and older will be admitted.

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