As You Like It
May 16, 1968
| The Royal Shakespeare Company
Directed by: David Jones
| Literature: William Shakespeare
| Production Design: Timothy O'Brien
Duke Senior (Terrence Hardiman), usurped by his younger brother, has taken to the forest with some companions, including Jaques (Alan Howard). Duke Senior's daughter, Rosalind (Janet Suzman), falls in love with Orlando (Michael Williams) and then, disguised as a man, goes to seek her father in the forest. With her go her friend Celia (Rowena Cooper) and Touchstone (Patrick Stewart), the court jester. Orlando, badly used by his older brother Oliver (Bernard Lloyd) also seeks refuge in the forest. All the exiles eventually meet, together with locals of the forest.
Cast: Alan Howard (Jaques), Helen Mirren (Phebe), Janet Suzman (Rosalind), Ben Kingsley (Amiens), Bernard Lloyd (Oliver), Patrick Stewart (Touchstone), Michael Williams (Orlando), George Cormack (Adam), John York (Dennis), Clifford Rose (Duke Frederick), Richard Simpson (Le Beau), John Shrapnel (Charles), Ted Valentine (First Lord), Philip Manikum (Second Lord), Rowena Cooper (Celia), Terrence Hardiman (Duke Senior), Julian Curry (First Lord), Ralph Cotterill (Second Lord), Rufus Frampton (First Page), Paul Stratford (Second Page), Richard Moore (Corin), Bruce Myers (Silvius), Bryan Robson (William), Eric Allan (Jaques de Boys), Richard Moore (Hymen), Susan Fleetwood (Audrey), Trevor Adams, David Firth, John Kay, Robert Oates, Hugh Keays Byrne, Diane Fletcher, Stuart McGugan, Gareth Thomas, Madeleine Cannon, Stephen Greif, Lyn Moore (Lords, Attendants, Villagers), Jeremy Barlow, Anthony Gladstone, David Munrow, Derek Oldfield, Edward Watson, Robin Weatherall (Musicians)
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This production was first seen in June 1967 when it joined last year’s Stratford season. The following month it moved into the RSC’s London repertoire at the Aldwych Theatre, and then visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff, before returning to Stratford in the autumn. In 1968, it went to America and played (with The Shrew) a six-week season at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles.