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As You Like It by William Shakespeare
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Jul 09, 2011

it was amazing

This is my absolute favourite of all the plays - I think that it is the only one where everyone ends up happy - to a greater or lesser degree....
unlike Twelfth Night where poor Malvolio is left lost and alone.

When I was much younger, Rosalind irritated the devil out of me - she seemed so smug and a downright pain, but when I came to direct the play, I really came to appreciate the wonderful language, humour and charm of the piece.

One of the really interesting things about it is that Rosalind has far more lines than anyone else in the play, and indeed the most lines of any female in a Shakespeare play. In an age where the girls' roles were played by boys, Will must have had an astoundingly talented lad to pull this off.

Read it by all means, but let the words live in your head - to be read silently out loud. Better yet - go and see it! It was written to be performed, after all!

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