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As You Like It

As You Like It

Written by William Shakespeare
Performed in English

“There’s something about the heat of young love that somehow this play captures like no other play does. At the time the cast somehow came together… and somehow the pain and the joy of identity, of trying to discover who you are through love, somehow came into focus and was released by this production.”
– Scott Handy, Orlando,  As You Like It, 20th Anniversary Screening 2014  

“This became the tour of a lifetime, as the show was by now an established international hit. We were feted in New York, Moscow, the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, invited back to New York and finally finished in the West End at the Coward theatre. Many of the cast were different, but Adrian, Richard Cant, David Hobbs and Peter Needham remained – and developed. By the final performances in London (where we would still rehearse it regularly), we had a show we were all proud of.”
– Declan Donnellan, Artistic Director, quoted in the Guardian Online 2014. 

“It is the clearest, most crisp and sexiest As You Like It I have ever seen”

Village Voice
Cast and creative team



Mike AffordCorin / Le Beau
Mark BannisterOliver
Mark BentonSilvius
Richard CantAudrey
Joe DixonJacques / Charles
Sam GrahamPhebe / Adam
Richard HendersJacques de Boys / 1st Lord
David HobbsThe Duke
Tom HollanderCelia
Anthony HuntDennis / Sir Oliver Martext / 2nd Lord
Adrian LesterRosalind
Peter NeedhamTouchstone
Conrad NelsonAmines / Hymen
Patrick ToomeyOrlando


Scott HandyOrlando
Stephen WattsDennis / Sir Oliver Martext
Jonathan ChestermanOliver
David HobbsDuke Frederick / Banished Duke
Simon CoatesCelia
Adrian LesterRosalind
Peter NeedhamTouchstone
Sean FrancisLe Beau
Paul KissaunCharles / Corin
Michael GardinerJacques
Rhashan StoneAmiens / William
Gavin AbbotSilvius
Wayne CaterPhebe
Sean FrancisJacques de Boys
Richard CantAdam / Audrey

Creative Team


DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Composer and MDPaddy Cunneen
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
Movement DirectorSue Lefton
Fight DirectorJohn Waller
Production and Company Stage ManagerLouise Yeomans
Deputy Stage ManagerMaria Gibbons
Wardrobe ManagerBlossom Beale
Student Assistant Stage ManagerAndrea Hopkinson


DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Composer and MDPaddy Cunneen
Movement DirectorSue Lefton
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
Assistant DirectorFiona Laird
Fight DirectorJohn Waller
Company Stage ManagerMarcus Bray
Production ManagerJon Howes
Wardrobe ManagerRachel Dickson
Deputy Stage ManagerPaula Spinks
Previous performances

Previous Performances

23 January–14 February 1995London, Albery Theatre, UK
6–21 January 1995Paris, Bouffes du Nord, France
20–21 December 1994Jerusalem, Sherover Theatre, Israel
15–18 December 1994Tel Aviv, Kameri Theatre, Israel
6–12 December 1994New York City, BAM, USA
24–26 November 1994Sofia, National Theatre, Bulgaria
19–20 November 1994Bucharest, Bulandra Theatre, Romania
15–16 November 1994Craiova, National Theatre, Romania
10 November 1994Pilsen, Great Theatre, Czech Republic
5–7 November 1994Düsseldorf, Schauspielhaus, Germany
2–3 November 1994Barcelona, Mercat de les Flors, Spain
26–7 October 1994St. Petersburg, Maly Theatre, Russia
19–22 October 1994Moscow, Maly Theatre, Russia
11 October 1994Princeton, McCarter Theatre, USA
4–10 October 1994New York City, Majestic Theatre, USA
27 September–3 October 1994Manchester, Dancehouse, UK
13–16 September 1994Norwich, Theatre Royal, UK
25–29 March 1992Madrid, Teatro Español, Spain
9–15 March 1992Adelaide, The Playhouse, Australia
28 February–5 March 1992Wellington, St James Theatre, New Zealand
17–18 February 1992Breda, Concordia Stadsschouwburg, Holland
13–14 February 1992Rotterdam, Rotterdam Schouwburg, Holland
4–9 February 1992Stratford Upon Avon, Swan Theatre, UK
28–29 January 1992Derry, Rialto Entertainment Centre, Ireland
9–20 January 1992Tokyo, Globe Theatre, Japan
2 December 1991–3 January 1992London, Lyric Hammersmith, UK
19–26 November 1991York, Theatre Royal, UK
4–9 November 1991Belfast, Arts Theatre, UK
29 October–3 Nov 1991Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Theatre, UK
22–26 October 1991Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre, UK
15–20 October 1991Worthing, Connaught Theatre, UK
8–11 October 1991Dublin, Riverbank Theatre, Ireland
2–4 October 1991Luxembourg, Theatre Municipal, Luxembourg
23–28 September 1991Bracknell, Wilde Theatre, UK
17–21 September 1991Winchester, Theatre Royal, UK
10–14 September 1991Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal, UK
3–7 September 1991Buxton, Opera House, UK
15–17 August 1991Sao Paulo, TUCA, Brazil
10–11 August 1991Brasilia, Teatro Nacional, Claudio Santoro, Brazil
5–6 August 1991Recife, Teatro De Parque, Brazil
1–2 August 1991Rio de Janeiro, Teatro Villa Lobos, Brazil
24–28 July 1991New York, Staller Center for the Arts, USA
11–20 July 1991Farnham, Redgrave Theatre, UK
Awards and reviews


Laurence Olivier Award 1995

Best Director of a Play – Declan Donnellan for As You Like It

Laurence Olivier Award 1995

Best Revival – As You Like It

Laurence Olivier Award nominations 1995

As You Like It – Adrian Lester (Best Actor), Simon Coates (Best Actor in a Supporting Role)

New York Drama Desk Award nominations 1995

As You Like It – Best Revival, Declan Donnellan (Best Director), Simon Coates (Best Featured Actor)

Manchester Evening News nominations 1995

As You Like It – Best Visiting Production, Adrian Lester (Best Actor)

Paris Drama Critics Award 1995

Best Foreign Production – As You Like It

TMA / Martini Regional Theatre Award nomination 1992

Best Actor – Adrian Lester for As You Like It

Time Out Award 1992

Adrian Lester for As You Like It

Ian Charleson Award nominations 1992

Tom Hollander, Adrian Lester for As You Like It

Ian Charleson Award 1992

Joe Dixon for As You Like It


“It is the clearest, most crisp and sexiest As You Like It I have ever seen.”

The Village Voice

“As wicked, as funny, as outrageous, a show you could ever see… a sumptuous feast of Shakespeare.”

The Irish Times

“The Best modern dress performance of Shakespeare that I have seen… a joyous production.”

The Financial Times

“Brilliant…Intelligent… Shot through with warm, generous humour…It is a celebration in itself.”

Sunday Times

“As wicked, as funny, as outrageous, a show you could ever see… a sumptuous feast of Shakespeare.”

The Irish Times

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