As You Like It

July 2017 – Little Moreton Hall

“I was at your performance of As You Like It last night with my husband and want to congratulate you all on a fabulous performance. I was engrossed from the start! Thank you!”

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Poster designed by Barbara Evans

National Trust property Little Moreton Hall once again hosts a production by award-winning local amateur company, Alsager Community Theatre. In July, ACT stages an adaptation of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, As You Like It, in the courtyard of this beautiful Elizabethan Hall (or in a marquee there if the weather is wet).

The courtyard will be transformed into the forest of Arden, where Rosalind and Orlando meet after being driven from the court by the cruelty and injustice of their families.  The forest is already the home of exiles; a band of merry men led by Duchess Senior, usurped from her rightful position by her wicked sister, Federica. Meanwhile love is in the air, infecting not only the humblest of shepherds and country wenches but also the sons and daughters of the nobility. However, Rosalind is in disguise and Orlando must be put to the test before he can be found worthy of her love.

Director Philip Jackson tells usAs You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s sunniest and most joyful plays, as the exiles find a freedom in the forest denied to them in the stifling atmosphere of the court. Rosalind is considered by many play-goers to be Shakespeare’s most delightful heroine, but the play also features a host of appealing and amusing characters, as well as one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches: “All the world’s a stage…”

ACT is fortunate to have gathered a large and very experienced cast of familiar faces and new talent, and once again wardrobe mistress Barbara Malcolm will be producing stunning and colourful costumes to complement the beautiful setting of the Hall.”

ACT is fortunate to have gathered a large and very experienced cast of familiar faces and new talent, and once again wardrobe mistress Barbara Malcolm will be producing stunning and colourful costumes to complement the beautiful setting of the Hall.”

This play will be performed at Little Moreton Hall from the 13th – 15th and 20th – 22nd July 2017.

Directed by Philip Jackson

“Amazing performance tonight, loved every second! So lucky to have such talent locally, we had a fantastic family night out, thank you.”

Audience comment

Cast

OrlandoCallum Hall
AdamHoward Thorpe
OliverAdam Puttick
Dennis / Corin / JackNaomi Sharman
Charles / First LordSteven White
RosalindRachel Mullock
TouchstoneChris Pepper
Le Beau / AmiensMichael Turner
Duchess FredericaDeborah Key
Duchess SeniorDiana Lane
SilviusJames Tomkinson
JaquesDavid Bryan
AudreyCorinne Lipiec
PhebeRobyn Mather

Photography by Keith Plant