As You Like It

As You Like It posterStratford Shakespeare Festival – Festival Theatre. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Des McAnuff

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★★★★
Absolutely delightful … the most joyous Shakespearean comedy to be seen at the festival in years.

The Globe and Mail

 

Full of wit, wisdom and song, and featuring one of Shakespeare’s most engaging heroines, this is high romantic comedy at its richest and most delightful.

Banished by her usurping uncle, Rosalind seeks refuge in the Forest of Arden, where her father, Duke Senior, holds court with his followers. There, disguised as a young squire, she instructs Orlando, the man she secretly loves, in the ways of a woman’s heart – only to acquire a new and unexpected admirer.

In Des McAnuff’s Surrealist production (taking some inspiration from Magritte), Chris played two “second” Lords (in the court he was the enforcer in the eye patch, and in the forest he witnessed the melancholy Jaques lamenting the sobbing deer) and was featured as the dog-masked Alsatian guard.

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Cast

Ben Carlson
Touchstone
Brent Carver
Jaques
Paul Nolan
Orlando
Andrea Runge
Rosalind
Cara Ricketts
Celia
Tom Rooney
Duke Frederick/Duke Senior
Mike Shara
Oliver
Dalal Badr
Phebe
Dan Chameroy
Charles/William
Victor Ertmanis
Sir Oliver Martext
Xuan Fraser
Le Beau
Randy Hughson
Corin
Ian Lake
Silvius
Mike Nadajewski
Amiens
Brian Tree
Adam
Sean Arbuckle
1st Senior Lord
Skye Brandon
Dennis
Roy Lewis
Hymen
Christopher Prentice
2nd Frederick Lord/2nd Senior Lord
Jonathan Purdon
Jaques de Boys/1st Frederick Lordn
Jewelle Blackman
Abigail Winter-Culliford
Pages
Victor Dolhai
Alana Hawley
Robin Hutton
Nathalie Nadon
Stephen Patterson
Ensemble
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Creative

Des McAnuff
Director
Debra Hanson
Scenic Designer
Dana Osborne
Costume Designer
Michael Walton
Lighting Designer
Todd Charlton
Sound Designer
Michael Roth
Composer/Music Director
Justin Ellington
Original Songs
Robert Blacker
Dramaturge
Daniel Levinson
Fight Director
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