Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 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.
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.
“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.