As You Like It 2013

Directed by John Timewell. Banished from the court of the tyrannical Duke Frederick, Rosalind and Orlando play out their celebrated courtship against a backdrop of political rivalry and exile in the Forest of Arden. ‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players’. Shakespeare’s much loved comedy of mistaken identity and sweeping romance.

“A great performance which we all enjoyed. Thank you very much.”

— George Cross, London, Chairman, Stanton Chase

“Thanks for a really superb evening of enjoyment of the play and conviviality at Stubbings House. We all found the friendly atmosphere of everyone involved to be exceptional. The performance was superb in all aspects in a fantastic setting. It was also very beneficial to have raised funds for SportsAble, Child Bereavement and Rotary charities.”

— Mike Phillips, Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh

“Renate and I just wanted to say a big thank you for inviting us to the play last night, it was for both of us a unique experience (both our school day Shakespeare memories are somewhat faded) and we really enjoyed a wonderful evening in such pleasant surroundings with great weather for a change. Amazing acting talent on display —- the performers were exceptional.”

— Rod & Renate Clare, Virginia Water

“We were really transfixed – I had forgotten how many of the lines I was able to recognise – what a talented cast !”

— Neil & Lisa Mathews, Maidenhead

“Thank you on behalf of myself and my friends, for a fabulous Shakespeare performance last night. The weather was perfect and the sun even shone while we were eating our picnic. It really was a lovely evening out.”

— Shirley Steele, Beaconsfield

“We had a fantastic time and the play was wonderful. The venue was a natural stage for the play – it was lovely.”

— Steph Sears, High Wycombe

“We really enjoyed it last week and didn’t you have good weather. The production was great fun, we all had a fantastic evening.”

— Carolyn Kendall, Chairman Fourways Theatre Group, High Wycombe

“I Thought the play was excellent last night.”

— Keith Bradford, Penn

“The natural lighting provided by the setting sun provided a magical backdrop to the enchanting forest scenes, and you are swept up in the romance of the story.”

— Gemma Davidson, Beaconsfield

Cast List

The Court of Duke Frederick:
Duke Frederick, Duke Senior’s younger brother and usurper James Couper-Johnston
Rosalind, Duke Senior’s daughter Grainne Harling
Celia, Duke Frederick’s daughter and Rosalind’s cousin Jan Edwards
Touchstone, a court fool Graham Weeks
Le Beau, a courtier Paul Seddon
Charles, a wrestler and soldier to Frederick Gerard Nolan
The Exiled Court of Duke Senior in the Forest of Arden:
Duke Senior, Duke Frederick’s older brother and Rosalind’s father James Couper-Johnston
Jaques, a discontented, melancholy lord Steve McAdam
Amiens, an attending lord and musician Liz Couper-Johnston
The Household of the deceased Sir Rowland de Bois:
Oliver de Bois, the eldest son and heir Tim Harling
Orlando de Bois, youngest son. William Branson
Adam, a faithful old servant who follows Orlando into exile Ian Cameron
Country folk in the Forest of Arden:
Phebe, a proud shepherdess Jackie Thornton
Audrey, a country girl Debbie Keenan
Corin, an elderly shepherd Archie Wilson
William, a country man Russell Carpenter
Other characters:
Ladies in Duke Senior’s forest court Jami Castell, Sarah Seddon and Cecilia Williams
Pages and musicians Debbie Weeks and Bernadette Nolan
Hymen, God of marriage, appearing in a play-within-the-play; Gerard Nolan

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