Fun and frolics in the forest
With more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, it's no wonder that Shakespeare's breezy romantic comedy has survived the ages. A heady blend of confused lovers, exiled lords and ladies, and melancholy fools wrapped up in delightful music, gender-bending and merriment, join the Guthrie for a new production (updated to the present day) of the classic to warm up your winter. Considered one of the Bard's brightest plays, its mix of satire, song, and silliness showcase some of his wittiest words, including the often quoted observation 'all the world's a stage'.
Love is merely a madness - the story of As You Like it
The play follows the heroine Rosalind, the daughter of a Duke exiled by his own brother. Allowed by her uncle to remain in court as the bosom pal of her cousin Celia, she falls for fellow courtier Orlando, whom himself has seen the wrong end of family rivalry. When Orlando quits the court, Rosalind comes up with a plan to find him and her father. Disguising herself as a boy called Ganymede and Celia as a poor lass called Alenia, they head into the Forest of Arden. As the fates would have it, Orlando is indeed living the forest life and as Ganymede, she begins to counsel him in the art of love.
However, there is one small hiccup (not including the fact Orlando doesn't know Ganymede is her); a shepherdess called Phoebe falls in love with Ganymede too, despite him showing no reciprocal interest whatsoever. To add to the confusion, Phoebe has her own admirer in another man. With the wires this crossed and Orlando's duplicitous brother also on his way into the woods, can true love out? Of course it will, this is Shakespeare, but we're in for a whole lot of enjoyment before we reach alls well that ends well.