Former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd directed the RSC Ensemble in As You Like It with Katy Stephens as Rosalind and Jonjo O'Neill as Orlando.

A couple embracing and kissing while others dance and celebrate around them
The cast of As You Like It (2009), directed by Michael Boyd.
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The production opened in the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in April 2009. In January 2011 it was revived at the Roundhouse, London, before crossing the Atlantic to the Park Avenue Armory, New York as part of our residency at the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival.

As You Like It was choreographed by Struan Leslie and designed by Tom Piper, whose white-panelled wall was compared to an advent calendar opening its doors.

The Guardian commented that the production 'captures the liberating power of love', but also that Boyd brings out the darker, more sombre, side of Shakespeare's play.


Charles Aitken - Oliver
David Carr - Charles The Wrestler
Dyfan Dwyfor - William
Christine Entwisle - Phebe
Geoffrey Freshwater - Corin
James Howard - First Forest Lord
Mariah Gale - Celia
Ansu Kabia - Le Beau
Richard Katz - Touchstone
Debbie Korley - Hisperia
Forbes Masson - Jaques
Jimmy Tucker - Duke Frederick
Jonjo O'Neill - Orlando
Dharmesh Patel - Second Forest Lord
Peter Peverley - Dennis
Sophie Russell - Audrey
Larrington Walker - Adam
Clarence Smith - Duke Senior
Katy Stephens - Rosalind
James Traherne - Sir Oliver Martext
James Tucker - Silvius

Creative team

Director - Michael Boyd
Designer - Tom Piper 
Lighting - Wolfgang Göbbel
Music - John Woolf 
Sound - Andrew Franks 
Movement - Struan Leslie 
Fights - Terry King

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