As You Like It

Castle Players perform on an evening in the grounds of Bowes Museum.

The Dell, open air theatre

Sunday 22 July, 12pm

Free, no ticket required

This performance sees The Castle Players go back into the mists of time, to the 12th century; the age of Robin Hood and his merry men. The evil Duke Frederick has usurped his elder brother (who could easily be Richard The Lionheart), stolen his ducal crown and banished him to the Forest of Arden, where he has been joined by an assorted band of followers.

Duke Senior has been separated from his daughter, Rosalind, who has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Frederick's only child, Celia. Orlando (who imagines himself to be Robin Hood) has fallen in love at first sight with Rosalind (our Maid Marion) but is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver.

The evil Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind from court, so she and Celia decide to flee the forest together accompanied by the jester Touchstone, with Rosalind disguised as a young man and Celia disguised as a country girl. What follows is a comic tale of courtly love, mistaken identity, and men in coloured tights.

About the Company

The Castle Players are a community drama group based in Barnard Castle, County Durham and formed in 1986.

Unaffected by the constraints of professional theatre, Castle Players stage productions on a massive scale. Come rain or shine the productions are magical and memorable events with audiences regularly topping 2500 for a five-night run. Each year they build an outdoor theatre in the grounds of the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

The Castle Players' winter shows tour Teesdale and the surrounding area, in local village halls, community centres and pubs. They have included Dracula Re-Vamped!, A Christmas Carol, The (reduced) School For Scandal and The (reduced) Importance Of Being Earnest.

The intimate scale has allowed them to explore new performance styles including dramatic readings, physical theatre, puppetry and devised shows based on classic novels.

Various venues, Stratford-upon-Avon
13 July - 22 July 2012

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