From 27 September to 22 November 2013, Transport, the critically acclaimed Folkstone-based theatre company behind Invisible, 1001 Nights, Elegy and Europe will present an innovative and visceral new production of Shakespeare's age-old romantic comedy across the South East of England, Eastern England and internationally. The tour will open in Luxembourg on 27 September and finish on 22 November in London. For a full list of tour dates, please see 'listings information' below.
A vibrant, touching, and timely story about love and statelessness, As You Like It examines human capacity to endure. Rosalind, the daughter of an exiled leader, falls in love with Orlando. Separately the two are banished from their homeland by Rosalind's dictator uncle. In the wild depths of the forest they find unexpected freedom and are reunited with friends and family.
Casting includes: Fisayo Akinade, Ritu Arya, Colin Carmichael, Anna Elijasz, Michael Fox Elisabet Johannesdottir, George Lasha, Mark Jax, Alton Letto.
Using theatre to examine a complex subject, director Douglas Rintoul researched experiences of exile and identity, working with asylum seekers and migrants from India, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In this new adaptation, Rintoul underpins Shakespeare's classic English text with references to contemporary political exile, offering audiences new perspectives on the play, our own society and the wider world.
Douglas is artistic director of Transport and has directed for the Barbican, Unicorn Theatre, Watermill Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Dundee Rep Theatre, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, National Theatre Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, Ice&Fire and Creation. He is also a long-standing associate director to Complicite and was an assistant and associate director to Deborah Warner.
Transport was awarded house's first Contemporary Classic Theatre commission for their new adaptation of As You Like It. The commission was designed to create and tour a new piece of contemporary classic theatre to new and established theatre audiences, initially across the South East and East regions of the UK.
For further information about the show, please contact Maisie Lawrence at The Corner Shop PR: Maisie@thecornershoppr.comI 020 7831 6757
For further information from the New Wolsey Theatre, please contact Jeni Raw on 01473 295900, firstname.lastname@example.org
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