As You Like It (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre)

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The legendary Shakespeare's Globe Theater mounted this production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy As You Like It] in 2009, with a cast that includes Brendan Hughes as Duke Frederick, Naomi Frederick as Rosalind and Ganymede, Jack Laskey as Orlando, Laura Rogers as Celia and Aliena, and Dominic Rowan as Touchstone. Dick Bird designed the sets and Thea Sharrock directs for the stage, with choreography by Fin Walker.
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Overview

The legendary Shakespeare's Globe Theater mounted this production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy As You Like It] in 2009, with a cast that includes Brendan Hughes as Duke Frederick, Naomi Frederick as Rosalind and Ganymede, Jack Laskey as Orlando, Laura Rogers as Celia and Aliena, and Dominic Rowan as Touchstone. Dick Bird designed the sets and Thea Sharrock directs for the stage, with choreography by Fin Walker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 809478070665
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:27:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 40,710

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Hughes Duke Frederick
Naomi Frederick Rosalind/Ganymede
Laura Rogers Calia/Aliena
Dominic Rowan Touchstone
Gregory Gudgeon Le Beau, William
Sean Kearns Charles, Corin
Philip Bird Duke Senior
Tim McMullan Jaques
Peter Gale Amiens, Sir Oliver Martext
Jamie Parker Oliver
Jack Laskey Orlando
Trevor Martin Adam
Michael Benz Silvius
Jade Williams Phebe
Sophie Duval Audrey
Ewart James Walters Hymen
Rob Millett
Ben Grove
Tracy Holloway
David Powell
Dai Pritchard
Technical Credits
Kriss Russmann Director
Thea Sharrock Director
Rob Millett Musical Direction/Supervision
Roland Ott Executive Producer
Fin Walker Choreography
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
James Whitebourn Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Shakespeare As you Like It DVD Opus Arte OA 1032 D

    Thea Sharrocks's "As You Like It" is a welcome addition to filmed versions of the play. The most accessible films are the BBC/TimeLife version from the late 1970s and the 2006 Kenneth Branagh film set in Japan both of which suffer from the effort to make the Forest of Arden a realistic rather than magical place of our imagination. The plainness of the Globe stage allows Shakespeare's words and characters to transport us from the corrupt, violent court to the pastoral world of the forest where all are welcomed and accepted for who they are. The transformation from court to forest is simply shown by the removal of black draperies from the columns to reveal plain wood 'trees,' which allow us to enter a world of music and tranquility.
    The production is spirited and lively and the actors certainly seem to be enjoying it. There is tremendous sense of fun. The only slightly sour note is the unnecessarily violent expulsion of Oliver by Duke Frederick.
    As Rosalind, one of the most demanding female roles in Shakespeare, Naomi Frederick performs superbly, portraying a woman of wit and intelligence while maintaining a balance between femininity and masculinity. Moving easily between Rosalind and Ganymede, she is in control while indulging in witty banter with Orlando but reveals her feminine vulnerability to Aliena as soon as he has gone. She is ably supported by Laura Rogers as Celia/Aliena, who conveys a warmth and sense of humor not often seen in this role. Jack Laskey as Orlando is suitably 'Byronic' as the romantic hero who needs to learn from Rosalind that his unrealistic view of love can lead only to disillusionment.
    The Jaques of Tim McMullan is a fresh interpretation of the part. The "Seven Ages Of Man" speech is meaningfully delivered (he even delights the audience by picking out a 'whining schoolboy' from their midst). Dominic Rowan's highly energetic Touchstone is a great crowd pleaser whose physical presentation of the "lie seven times removed" evokes much laughter. Of the other minor characters, the old shepherd Corin stands out. Sean Kerns invests him with dignity confirming the worth of the simple life of a shepherd. The songs which are an integral apart of the play are enhanced by the pleasant voice of Peter Gale.
    In addition to the filmed performance, a cast gallery and famous speeches are included on the disc. These extra features should prove useful for educational purposes.
    This video is a thoroughly entertaining production of one of Shakespeare's happiest plays. I recommend it highly.
    Irene Farrance/TW

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