From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's journey into the Forest of Arden. With an expert introduction by Sir Jonathan Bate, this unique edition presents a historical overview of As You Like It in performance, takes a detailed look at specific productions, and recommends film versions. Included in this edition are interviews with important Shakespearean directors (Dominic Cooke and Michael Boyd) and a Shakespearean actor (Naomi Frederick) - providing an illuminating insight into the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible. This edition also includes an essay on Shakespeare's career and Elizabethan theatre, and enables the reader to understand the play as it was originally intended - as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer a fresh, accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.
Introduction.- About the Text .- Key Facts .- As You Like It.- Textual Notes .- Scene-by-scene Analysis .- As You Like It in Performance: the RSC and Beyond .- Four Centuries of As You Like It: An Overview .- At the RSC .- The Director's Cut: interviews with Dominic Cooke and Michael Boyd .- Playing Rosalind: an interview with Naomi Frederick .- Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre .- Shakespeare's Works: a Chronology .- Further Reading and Viewing .- References .- Acknowledgements and Picture Credits.