As You Like It
Presented by the Oxford University Dramatic Society
Tuesday 8 August - Saturday 12 August 2017, 4.00pm & 8.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
|Tickets£30 | £20 FoSG & Students | £10 Standing & Restricted View|
Please note: this production has now closed.
‘Ay, now am I in Arden, the more fool I.
When I was at home I was in a better place, but travelers must be content.’
(Act II, scene 4)
Rosalind and Celia, best friends and cousins, escape from the violent and repressive kingdom of Duke Frederick in search of a better life in the Forest of Arden. There they find love and freedom to be who they want to be. But Arden cannot solve all their problems. Love is never simple, idealism is sometimes naive, and the border of the forest cannot keep the world out forever.
The Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) was founded in 1885 and has ever since maintained the reputation of being one of the most respected university drama societies in the UK. Its aim is to provide support and financial backing to the over 100 student-led productions put on in Oxford every year. For the past 19 years, OUDS and Thelma Holt CBE have organised an International Shakespeare Tour with the aim of showcasing its top dramatic talent to audiences in Japan under the auspices of the celebrated late Japanese theatre director, Yukio Ninagawa. Ninagawa, a member of the Globe Council and first Artistic Advisory Group, was never able to fulfil his ambition to direct a play here before his death in 2016.
This year, As You Like It will be performed in memory of Ninagawa. Directed by Christopher White and produced by Chris Burr, this will be the first OUDS visit to Shakespeare’s Globe. Although this year OUDS are not travelling to Japan, they are taking their production of As You Like It to various venues across the UK, including Oxford, Hatfield House, Harbrook and Guildford.
‘It is a great tribute that this company can now perform on Shakespeare’s territory and bring to life the work of a playwright who for Ninagawa was the greatest the world has ever seen.’
With thanks to the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund and Thelma Holt Ltd.