Shakespeare’s poetic comical play of mistaken identity and love ‘As You Like It’ comes to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre on 21st – 22nd November as part of a national tour. The production is a first collaboration between theatre companies Shared Experience and Theatre By The Lake.
Set in the modern world of alternative facts and fiercely jealous leaders, the young Rosalind and her friend Celia find themselves pawns in a power struggle. Together they decide to flee the city and its politics for the forest where they discover a countryside wonderland of peace and harmony.
Disguised as a boy, Rosalind meets Orlando and, amidst the intoxicating atmosphere of the forest, counsels him in the art of love. One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, with the most witty and wise-cracking heroine of them all, As You Like It is transformed in a bold new production by director Kate Saxon.
Shared Experience, the award-winning theatre company lauded for their visually dynamic storytelling whose iconic productions include Mill on the Floss and Jane Eyre co-produce with Theatre by the Lake for the first time. The production opened at Theatre by the Lake in Cumbria before embarking on a UK tour.
Kate Saxon has directed over 35 theatre productions, including the world première of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which opened in the US and then transferred to the UK, The Real Thing (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and the US première of Nine Parts of Desire at The Public, New York. She was Associate Director of Shared Experience Theatre, working with Artistic Directors Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale from 2000 – 2012. Currently, she is working with Jess Swale, developing her new play The Mission, for Chichester Festival Theatre.
Standard tickets are priced at £19.50 and are available from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk.