“Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves”.
Lucy Phelps returns to the RSC to play Rosalind in Kimberly Sykes’ new production of William Shakespeare‘s ‘As You Like It’, following her roles in the company’s 2017 productions of ‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’, ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Antony and Cleopatra’.
The role of Orlando is to be played by David Ajao, whose previous RSC credits include ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Othello’ and ‘Hecuba.’
Joining Phelps and Ajao will be Charlotte Arrowsmith as Audrey (Troilus and Cressida), Patrick Brennan as Corin (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), Graeme Brookes as Charles/Forester (The Duchess of Malfi), Antony Byrne as Duke Senior/Duke Frederick (King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra), Richard Clews as Adam (Julius Caesar, Wendy and Peter Pan), Tom Dawze as William (in his RSC debut season), Amelia Donkor as Silvia (in her RSC debut season), Laura Elsworthy as Phoebe (The Hypocrite, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Miss Littlewood), Sandy Grierson as Touchstone (Dido, Queen of Carthage, Doctor Faustus), Emily Johnstone as Amiens/Le Beau (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Miss Littlewood), Alex Jones as a Lord (in his RSC debut season), Karina Jones as Martext (in her RSC debut season), Sophie Khan Levy as Celia (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won), Sophie Stanton as Jacques (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich), Aaron Thiara as Jacques de Bois/Dennis (in his RSC debut season) and Leo Wan as Oliver (in his RSC debut season).
The production will feature design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, costume and lighting design by Bretta Gerecke, music by Tim Sutton, sound by Jonathan Ruddick, movement by Ayse Tashkiran, and fights by Rachel Brown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.
‘As You Like It’ will run at the RSC’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 14th February to 31st August 2019, with an official opening night on Thursday 21st February 2019.
The production will be broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon on 17th April.
“‘As You Like It’ subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be”.
“Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind…”