Cyprus Mail

It’s off to the forest we go

On Tuesday both Nicosia and Limassol will screen a performance of As You Like It staged at the National Theatre.

Shakespeare’s comedy of love and change is staged at the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Evening Standard Award-winner Rosalie Craig as Rosalind and directed by Polly Findlay.

The production is complete with a young and dynamic cast, live singing from a ten-piece choir and modern staging, the perfect combination to make this classic play equally enjoyable for younger and family audiences.

As You Like It is a pastoral comedy believed to have been written in 1599 and first published in 1623. The play follows its heroine Rosalind 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. In the forest they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveller Jaques who speaks many of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, such as ‘All the world’s a stage’ and ‘A fool! A fool! I met a fool in the forest’.
The play has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theatre.

As You Like It
Screening of the performance from the National Theatre. March 29. THOC New Building, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10/6. English with Greek and Turkish subtitles. Tel: 77-772717
Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10/7. With Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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