Helen McCrory, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Reece Shearsmith
in DAVID LAN's production of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT
David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, will direct Helen McCrory, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Reece Shearsmith in a new production of Shakespeare's great romantic comedy, As You Like It. Produced at Wyndhams Theatre by Sonia Friedman Productions in association with the Young Vic, As You Like It will preview from 3 June with press night on 21 June. Set and costume designs are by Richard Hudson. Further casting will be announced shortly.
David Lan's production sets As You Like It in late1940's France. The court of the Duke, exiled to the forest of Arden (the Ardennes), are philosophers and poets of Paris café society. Their songs are in the style of the music of Yves Montand and Edith Piaf. The violence in this dark romance is the memory of the second world war.
Rosalind (disguised as a boy) goes into the forest in search of her father and finds Orlando, with whom she is infatuated, also fleeing tyranny. She offers to cure him of his obsession with her. Thus begins Shakespeare's great comedy of young love.
Multi award-winning Helen McCrory, one of the most exciting actresses of her generation, will play Rosalind. Her extensive theatre work includes Five Gold Rings, Platonov and The Triumph of Love for the Almeida, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya and How I Learned to Drive for the Donmar Warehouse, as well as Fuente Ovejuna and The Seagull for The National Theatre and Les Enfants du Paradis for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her film and television work includes Casanova, Enduring Love, Charles II, Carla, The Jury,