MADC to Stage Shake­speare’s ‘As You Like It’ at San An­ton Gar­dens

80 Years since their first Shake­speare at San An­ton gar­dens, MADC’s an­nual out­door pro­duc­tion will re­turn be­tween 13 and 22 July, di­rected by Philip Leone-Ganado

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

‘All the world’s a stage’ ac­cord­ing to Shake­speare’s clas­sic play ‘As You Like It’, which is par­tic­u­larly apt as MADC is set to once again trans­form San An­ton Gar­dens into a unique open-air the­atre to stage the play.

Telling the story of lovers Ros­alind and Or­lando who are forced into ex­ile in the For­est of Ar­den and be­come en­tan­gled in a be­guil­ing game of love, lust and mis­taken iden­tity, ‘As You Like It’ is one of the Bard’s fun­ni­est and most mov­ing ro­man­tic come­dies, with com­ing-of-age themes that are as rel­e­vant to­day as when it was first per­formed.

This year’s MADC pro­duc­tion will take on a con­tem­po­rary set­ting that di­rec­tor Philip Leone-Ganado feels will make the most of the back­drop of the gar­dens.

“The play moves from the stark, op­pres­sive world of a mod­ern royal court to the free and joy­ous ex­panse of a for­est fes­ti­val. For a play with such an iconic and evoca­tive back­drop as the For­est of Ar­den, there re­ally is no bet­ter place to per­form it than San An­ton Gar­dens in sum­mer, which pro­vides a per­fect fit for the for­est’s magic and splen­dour.”

‘As You Like It’ will fea­ture a stel­lar lo­cal cast of fresh faces along­side ex­pe­ri­enced, es­tab­lished ac­tors, in­clud­ing Chris Dingli, Stephen Oliver, Jonathan Dunn, St­effie Thake, Roberta Ce­fai, Chiara Hy­zler, Gianni Sel­vaggi, Michael Man­gion, Ram­bert At­tard, Max­ine Brim­mer, Becky D’Ugo, Joe Depasquale and Daniel For­mosa.

Whilst re­main­ing faith­ful to Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal plot and char­ac­ters, the ac­tors will be play­ing dif­fer­ent roles as the story moves be­tween the play’s two worlds, while the mu­sic will also be up­dated with con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments.

Cel­e­brat­ing 80 years since the first pro­duc­tion of the same play by MADC at San An­ton, ‘As You Like It’ con­tin­ues Malta Am­a­teur Dra­matic Club’s long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of pro­duc­ing an an­nual Shake­speare play in the Gar­dens.

“We are thrilled to be re­turn­ing, yet again, to San An­ton Gar­dens with an­other Shake­speare pro­duc­tion,” says MADC artis­tic di­rec­tor Marylu Cop­pini.

“For MADC to be pro­duc­ing the same Shake­speare play, in the same venue, some 80 years af­ter the Club first did so, is an im­por­tant mile­stone both in our his­tory and for its act­ing mem­bers, who ev­ery year turn a pub­lic gar­den into an open-air the­atre of 21st cen­tury qual­ity.”

‘As You Like It’ will be per­formed at San An­ton Gar­dens in At­tard be­tween 13 and 22 July. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.madc.com.mt.

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