As You Like It

RSC

By William Shakespeare

 

This production opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 8 September 1977. It was directed by Trevor Nunn, with John Caird assisting but when the production moved to the Aldwych Theatre in London with a considerable change of cast, Caird graduated to ‘with’ status.

For the Stratford production only, the play opened with an operatic ‘masque’ scene, composed by Stephen Oliver, featuring the characters of Fortune, Nature and Hymen.  This was cut for the Aldwych revival.

The London revival was the first time Nunn and Caird worked in tandem on a production, their next proper co-productions being Merry Wives of Windsor in 1979 and Nicholas Nickleby in 1980.

 

In Stratford

CREATIVE TEAM

Director - Trevor Nunn with John Caird


Designer - John Napier
Lighting - John Watts
Music - Stephen Oliver
Musical Staging - Gillian Lynne
Fight arranging - Peter Woodward

 

CAST

Fortune – Ann Holloway
Nature – Michael Bulman
Hymen – Michael Follis
Hymen’s Attendants – Jill Baker, Roberta Taylor

Oliver, oldest son of Sir Roland de Boyes - Charles Dance
Orlando, his younger brother - Peter McEnery
Jaques de Boyes, his youngest brother Billie Brown

Old Adam – Jeffery Dench
Dennis – Michael Bertenshaw

Duke Frederick - John Rhys-Davies
Celia, his daughter - Judith Paris
Rosalind, his niece - Kate Nelligan
Touchstone - Alan David
Le Beau – Graham Crowden
Charles – Jack Klaff
Lords – Dominic Jephcott, Roy Purcell
Court Ladies – Jill Baker, Roberta Tayler
Bodyguards & Attendants – Michael Bertenshaw, Bille Brown, Pat Connell, David Shaw-Parker

Duke Senior, father to Rosalind - Oliver Ford-Davies
Forest Lord – Morris Perry
Amiens – Michael Bulman
Jaques - Emrys James
Foresters - Dominic Jephcott, Roy Purcell

Corin - Edwin Richfield
Audrey - Ann Holloway
Silvius - Ian Gelder
Phebe - Lynsey Baxter
Sir Oliver Martext - Paul Imbusch
William – David Shaw-Parker
Rustic Girls – Jill Baker, Roberta Taylor

Pages - Andrew Coonan, Alberto Fernandez, Owen James, William James

When this production toured to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in February 1978, the part of Silvius was played by Dominic Jephcott. 
David Hobbs played the roles that had been played by Dominic Jephcott.

At The Aldwych

Creative Team

Director - Trevor Nunn with John Caird


Designer - John Napier
Design Associates - Quentin Thomas & Gemma Jackson
Lighting - Stewart Leviton
Music - Stephen Oliver
Musical Staging - Gillian Lynne
Fight Arranging - B.H Barry

Cast

Oliver, oldest son of Sir Roland de Boyes ­- Charles Dance
Orlando, his younger brother - James Laurenson
Jaques de Boyes, his youngest brother - Iain Mitchell

Old Adam – Jeffery Dench
Dennis – Roger Martin

Duke Frederick - John Burgess
Celia, his daughter - Cherie Lunghi
Rosalind, his niece - Charlotte Cornwell
Touchstone – Alan David
Le Beau - Paul Imbusch
Charles – Jeffrey Kissoon
Lords – Omar Ebrahim, Rory Edwards, Mike Hall, Roger Martin, Ian McNeice, Peter Tullo

Duke Senior, father to Rosalind - Oliver Ford-Davies
Forest Lord – Mike Hall
Amiens – Michael Bulman
Jaques - Emrys James
Foresters – Omar Ebrahim, Rory Edwards, Roger Martin, Peter Tullo

Corin - Edwin Richfield
Audrey - Ann Holloway
Silvius - Peter Clough
Phoebe - Jane Carr
Sir Oliver Martext - Paul Imbusch
William - Ian McNeice
Rustic Girl - Deirdra Morris
Pages - Paul Ellison, Christopher Fitz-Gibbon, Simon Henderson, William Smoker

 

Hymen – Omar Ebrahim