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2009 Season - Shakespeare's Globe As You Like It DVD


Thea Sharrock's irresistible 2009 production of Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy stirs wit, sentiment, intrigue and love into a charming confection which challenges the traditional rules of romance. At its heart, a feisty but feminine Rosalind (Naomi Frederick), in love with the endearingly naïve Orlando (Jack Laskey), uses her disguise as Ganymede to counsel him playfully in the art of wooing. Distraction is provided by Dominic Rowan, a remarkably funny Touchstone, and Tim McMullan, whose sonorous tones are perfectly suited to the lugubrious wit of Jaques. Filmed in High Definition and true surround sound.




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Steve Howe, Essex StarStarStarStarStar
An unexpected gem of a performance of one of the bard's less celebrated plays. Everything revolves around the central character or Rosalind, wonderfully played by Naomi Frederick. Jack Laskey as Orlando is good but frustratingly dim. Touchstone, the Duke, Amiens and Silvius are all excellent; but Tim McMullen as Jacques stands out even in such company. How someone so cynical and stricken with ennui can be so charismatic at the same time, I'm not sure - but McMullen manages it. Delivers several speeches from the audience, and has a nice gag with a pear. Thoroughly recommended.