Maria Aberg’s As You Like It makes playful references to Glastonbury and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem in their shared yearning for a life free from the restrictions and drudgery of everyday life. The malice and injustice of the usurping Duke’s court is portrayed as place of robotic compliance , painted here in drab black and grey aspiring to an empty sophistication. Rosalind and Celia escape to live on their wits in the dangerous but liberating forest amongst love lorn rustics and new agers.
The cast exude a powerful chemistry that makes this exuberant and joyful play so heart warming. As the house lights went up one could see the audience smiling at one another so palpable was the impact of this uplifting production.