Production history in pictures

  • 1884

    Alfred Tate as Touchstone in the 1884 production, directed by Bernard Charles. The production opened in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 24 April 1884.

    Photo by CW Smart. Reproduced with permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

  • 1879

    This production was directed by Barry Sullivan, who also took the role of Jacques. The deer in the centre of the photo came from nearby Charlecote, and was killed and stuffed for the production.

    Photo by CW Smartt. Reproduced with permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

  • 1944

    Anna Burden as Celia, Helen Cherry as Rosalind and Michael Martin-Harvey as Touchstone, directed by Robert Atkins.

    Photo by Tom Holte.

  • 1952 - 2

    Orlando (Laurence Harvey) and Rosalind (Margaret Leighton) discuss the pros and cons of marriage, Act 4 Scene 1. The production was directed by Glen Byam Shaw and designed by Motley.

    Photo by Angus McBean.

  • 1957

    Peggy Ashcroft as Rosalind with Richard Johnson as Orlando in Act 4, Scene 1. The production played in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre and was directed by Glen Byam Shaw and designed by Motley.

    Photo by Tom Holte.

  • 1961

    Vanessa Redgrave as Rosalind, directed by Michael Elliot, designed by Richard Negri. Redgrave received her first stage award for this production, which took place in the year the RSC was founded.

    Photo by Angus McBean.

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  • 1968

    Janet Suzman as Rosalind, directed by David Jones, designed by Timothy O'Brien.

    When the production opened the previous year Rosalind was played by Dorothy Tutin and Suzman played Celia.

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1973

    Eileen Atkins as Rosalind in the 1973 production, directed by Buzz Goodbody in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Photo by Joe Cocks

  • 1977

    As You Like It directed by Trevor Nunn, designed by John Napier. Rosalind (Kate Nelligan) questions Orlando (Peter McEnery) about his love poems, Act 3 Scene 2. The production played at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, then Aldwych Theatre, London.

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1989

    As You Like It directed by John Caird and designed by Ultz. Rosalind (Sophie Thompson) and Orlando (Jerome Flynn) banter about love, Act 4 Scene 1.

    The production also featured Alan Cumming as Silvius. After playing in Stratford-upon-Avon, it transferred to the Barbican Theatre, London.

    Photo by Joe Cocks.

  • 1996 - 2

    Orlando (Liam Cunningham) debates marriage with Rosalind (Niamh Cusack) whilst Celia (Rachel Joyce) looks on, Act 4 Scene 1.

    The company also included  David Tennant (Touchstone), Joseph Fiennes (Silvius) and film actor Colin Farrell (Forest Lord). The production was directed by Stephen Pimlott and designed by Ashley Martin-Davies.

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 2000

    This production of As You Like It was directed by Gregory Doran and designed by Kaffe Fassett and Niki Turner.

    Pictured are Phebe (Danielle Tilley, left) and Silvius (Andrew Pointon), Act 3 Scene 5.

    Photo by J. Dockar-Drysdale.

  • 2005

    As You Like It directed by Dominic Cooke and designed by Rae Smith.

    Photo by Keith Pattison.

  • 2009

    Richard Katz plays Touchstone in Michael Boyd's As You Like It.

    This production was taken to New York for the Lincoln Centre Festival in 2011.

    Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

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