As You Like It casting

14 January 2013

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Maria Aberg
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 12 April – 28 September 2013
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Part of the final season programmed by Michael Boyd as outgoing Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Following their collaboration on King John in 2012, Maria Aberg will direct Pippa Nixon and Alex Waldmann in a brand new production of As You Like It at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

One of three Shakespeare plays as part of the final season programmed by Michael Boyd as the RSC's outgoing Artistic Director, the production will run in repertoire at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 12 April – 28 September 2013.

Pippa Nixon and Alex Waldmann will lead the cast in the principal roles of Rosalind and Orlando in Shakespeare's pastoral comedy.

Music for the production is composed by Laura Marling. The English musician has been nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and won the Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.

Making a welcome return to the RSC are Karen Archer (Le Beau); Cliff Burnett (Duke Senior); David Fielder (Adam); Michael Grady-Hall (Silvius); Mark Holgate (Charles the Wrestler/William); Joanna Horton (Celia); Natalie Klamar (Phoebe); Luke Norris (Oliver); Oliver Ryan (Jacques); John Stahl (Duke Frederick) and Nicolas Tennant (Touchstone). The cast also includes Kiza Deen (Hisperia); Daniel Easton (Dennis); Dave Fishley (Sir Oliver Martext); Rosie Hilal (Audrey); Chris Jared (Jacques de Boys); Robin Soans (Corin) and Samuel Taylor (First Forest Lord).

As well as King John, Maria Aberg's RSC credits include: The Gods Weep, Days of Significance, The Winter's Tale (Associate Director), Pericles (Associate Director) and The Crucible (Assistant Director). Maria trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors' Course and was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Award in 2008. Her other theatre credits include: Belongings (Hampstead/Trafalgar Studios), Love and Money (Malmo Stadsteater, Sweden), The Chairs (Bath Theatre Royal), Amerika, Krieg Der Bilder, Die Koperer (Stadsteater Mainz, Germany), State of Emergency (Gate, London) and Mark Ravenhill's Crime and Punishment (National Theatre).

Pippa Nixon last appeared at the RSC as The Bastard in King John and Lady Anne in Richard III in 2012. Other RSC credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cardenio, The City Madam, Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V (Shakespeare in a Suitcase, RSC New York), Days of Significance. Pippa's other theatre credits include; Bea, Joe Guy (Soho Theatre), Mad Forest (JMK Award/BAC) and her television work includes; Law and Order UK, Wannabes, Dream Team, Holby City, The Bill and 24 Seven. Pippa will also play the role of Ophelia in Hamlet in the Summer 2013 Season.

Alex Waldmann made his RSC debut last year playing the title role in King John, Catesby in Richard III and Ixtlixóchitl/Nezahualcoyotl in A Soldier in Every Son. His other theatre credits include; The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre), Speechless (Shared Experience), Rope (Almeida Theatre), Shraddha (Soho Theatre), Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Donmar West End) and Troilus and Cressida (Cheek by Jowl, Barbican and European tour). Alex will also play the role of Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well in the Summer 2013 Season.

Maria Aberg, Director, said:

'I could not imagine doing this play with any other Rosalind than Pippa Nixon. She is an extraordinary actress and I'm thrilled to be working with her again. Her collaboration with Alex Waldmann on King John was truly inspirational and I am delighted to be back in the rehearsal room with them both, along with the many brilliant actors I had the fortune to first work with at the RSC - from John Stahl and David Fielder, to Luke Norris and Jo Horton, who is doing her first major Shakespeare role as Celia. I'm also really excited to be working with fantastic actors like Nick Tennant and Oliver Ryan.'

The play is designed by Naomi Dawson with lighting by James Farncombe and music composed by Laura Marling. The sound design is by Tom Gibbons and Movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

For further information, please contact Amy Belson on 01789 412622 or amy.belson@rsc.org.uk or Philippa Harland on 020 7845 0512 or philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk

For press ticket requests and regional requests, please contact Dean Asker on 01789 412660 or
dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

Date of issue: 14 January 2013
 
Notes to Editors:
Production images will be available to download free of charge in due course by registering on www.epo-online.com
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The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION
The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

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