Maria Aberg directed this 2013 production, following her riotous King John in the Swan Theatre.

As You Like It was part of the 2013 summer season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and then transferred to Newcastle.

Rosalind was played by Pippa Nixon and Orlando by Alex Waldman.

Music for the production was composed by Brit Award winner and Mercury Music Prize nominee Laura Marling.

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In this production, when Rosalind and Orlando are banished from the oppressive court, they are forced to run for their lives into the wild depths of the Forest of Arden. However, in that harsh, lyrical wilderness, they discover an unexpected freedom, and as their anarchic love story unfolds, Arden bursts into summer.

You can hear more about Maria's vision for this production in the Director's Talk, recorded in summer 2013. 

Cast and creatives


Karen Archer - Le Belle/Second Page
Cliff Burnett - Duke Senior
Kiza Deen - Second Forest Lord
Daniel Easton - Dennis/Duke Frederick's Lord
David Fielder - Adam
Dave Fishley - Sir Oliver Martext
Michael Grady-Hall - Silvius
Rosie Hilal - Audrey/Hisperia
Mark Holgate - Charles The Wrestler/William/Duke Frederick's Lord
Joanna Horton - Celia
Chris Jared - Jaques de Boys /Amiens
Natalie Klamar - Phoebe
Pippa Nixon - Rosalind
Luke Norris - Oliver
Oliver Ryan - Jaques
Robin Soans - Corin
John Stahl - Duke Frederick
Samuel Taylor - First Forest Lord/First Page
Nicolas Tennant - Touchstone
Alex Waldmann - Orlando


Director - Maria Aberg
Designer - Naomi Dawson
Lighting - James Farncombe
Music – Laura Marling
Sound - Tom Gibbons
Movement - Ayse Tashkiran
Fights - Malcolm Ranson

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