Date(s) - 26/04/2018
Network Theatre Company
Type of Event: Production
Start Time: 19:30
Start Date: 25th April 2018
End Date: 28th April 2018
Name of the Event: As You Like It
Group Name: Network Theatre Comapny
Name of Venue: Network Theatre
City or Town: London Waterloo
Postcode: SE1 8SJ
Country: United Kingdom
Description of Event: As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering and utterly silly life can be.
The year is 1967, the ‘summer of love’, Women’s Liberation is to the fore. Duchess Senior has been forced into exile from the court by the usurping Duke Frederick. She takes refuge in the Forest of Arden with a band of faithful followers. Rosalind, her daughter, is kept uneasily at court as a companion to her cousin Cecil, Frederick’s son. Orlando de Boys, the youngest daughter of the late Sir Rowland de Boys, has been kept in poverty by her brother Oliver since their father’s death. Orlando decides to wrestle for her fortune at Frederick’s court, where she sees Rosalind and they fall in love.
The Duke banishes Rosalind, fearing that she is a threat to his rule. Cecil, refusing to be parted from his cousin, goes with Rosalind to seek Duchess Senior in the Forest. For safety they disguise themselves – Rosalind as the boy Ganymede and Cecil as his sister Aliena – and persuade the fool Touchstone to accompany them. On hearing of a plot by her brother to kill her, Orlando also flees to the Forest and takes refuge with the exiled Dutchess. Posting love lyrics through the forest, Orlando encounters Rosalind disguised as Ganymede. She challenges her love-sick state and suggests that she should prove the strength of her love by wooing Ganymede as if ‘he’ were Rosalind.
Elsewhere in the Forest love also blossoms: the shepherd Silvius suffers unrequited love for Phebe, who has fallen for Ganymede, while Touchstone is pursuing the goatherd Audrey.
Oliver, sent into the Forest to hunt down Orlando, has his life saved by his sister, becomes filled with remorse for his past behaviour and falls in love with Aliena. Frustrated by the pain of her love for Rosalind, Orlando is unable to continue wooing Ganymede, so Ganymede promises ‘he’ will conjure up the real Rosalind and that all the lovers will finally be wed…