K-Cineplex in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos will entertain us with yet another cine event tonight as the screens turn to a time when love was innocent and chivalry was the code of the day with a screening of a performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
In this production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London by Thea Sharrock, the comedy proves that what was funny 400 years ago is still funny today.
The comedy was written in 1599 and was first put on in 1623. It is set in France and follows the heroine Rosalind – played by Naomi Frederick – as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Rosalind is disguised as a young man and Celia as a poor lady.
A young gentleman of the kingdom, Orlando, is also forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother. He also goes into the forest with his servant Adam. But before he did so, he saw Rosalind and the pair fell instantly in love.
In the forest, he hangs his love poems to Rosalind on the trees. When he meets her, unknowing, as a young man called Ganymede, she promises to cure him of infatuation ‘if you would but call me Rosalind, and come every day to my cote and woo me’.
Of course, there is a lot more going on, this is Shakespeare after all. In the forest we meet a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveller Jaques who speaks many of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches (‘All the world’s a stage’, ‘too much of a good thing’ and ‘A fool! A fool! I met a fool in the forest’).
The Telegraph had this to say about the production “Thea Sharrock’s enchanting production… is full of mischief and sexual attraction… almost every role comes to life in a production that combines great gales of audience laughter with magical moments of emotional depth…”
As You Like It
Screening of a performance of the Shakespeare play. December 1. K Cineplex Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. 7pm. Tel: 24-819022