As one of the world's most important interpreters of classical
drama, Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company has garnered an
international reputation for riveting performances, astonishing
stagecraft, definitive productions, and an "inventiveness
[that's] never ending and unfailingly intelligent" (The
Returning to the Kennedy Center for its first of five annual engagements,
the acclaimed company presents Shakespeare's classic tale
of treason, hidden identity, and, of course, love: AS YOU
LIKE IT, featuring Royal Shakespeare Company favorite Nina Sosanya as one of the
theater's most illustrious heroines.
Set in the Duchess' Court and then the Forest of Arden, As You
Like It is an ongoing maze of hidden identities. The play
centers on the Court ruled by Duke Frederick, who long ago
banished his older brother, Duke Senior,the rightful duke, to
nearby Arden Forest. Increasingly paranoid, Frederick banishes
his brother's daughter Rosalind as well. Frederick's own
daughter Celia leaves with her, and they travel in disguise,
Rosalind as a boy (Ganymede) and Celia as "his" sister (Aliena),
accompanied by the court fool Touchstone. Meanwhile, Orlando
flees the tyranny of his older brother, Oliver. Orlando and
Rosalind had met just that afternoon and have fallen in love.
They now take refuge in the same forest and Rosalind, in disguise,
offers to help Orlando practice wooing his true love.
"Gifted directors and actors...[a] great theater ensemble."
-The New York Times
Made possible through the generous support of the Prince of