Then RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd directed a darkly humorous 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
Rosalind (Katy Stephens) and the company in the finale of As You Like It, 2009, Courtyard Theatre.
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images


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.

Michael Billington commented that the production "captures the liberating power of love" (Guardian, 29 April 2009) but also that Boyd brought out the darker, more sombre, side of Shakespeare's play.

Theatrical poster for As You Like It 2009 showing a young woman in a pin-striped trouser-suit amidst a forest



Courtyard Theatre

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




Director - Michael Boyd

Designer - Tom Piper

Lighting - Wolfgang Göbbel

Music - John Woolf

Sound - Andrew Franks

Movement - Struan Leslie

Fights - Terry King


The RSC's archive is held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. You can visit the Library and Archives there to look at production related information, including photos, videos of shows and stage management documents:

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive homepage

You can search the RSC catalogue here: 

RSC performance database

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