Shakespeare’s wit unmasked
PETERBOROUGH Mask Theatre will be presenting As You Like It in Central Park as part of the Peterborough Festival.
Performances take place from Tuesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 10, at 7.30pm.
The play is one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and popular comedies, which has been edited by the director to keep it relevant to a modern audience.
It contains some of the Bard’s finest writing, including the celebrated “All the world’s a stage” speech, and gives us arguably his feistiest heroine.
Rosalind and other exiles from the court of the usurper Duke Frederick find refuge in the Forest of Arden and meet up with various colourful characters.
Rosalind disguises herself as a boy for safety and befriends and teases Orlando, who is obsessively in love with her after briefly meeting her in court.
The ambiguity of their relationship is the source of much wit and irony. Sub-plots abound and all is unravelled into a joyous conclusion.
Limited unreserved seating is provided and audience members are welcome to bring their own chairs and a picnic. An alternative indoor venue is available if the weather is wet.
Peterborough Mask Theatre is an amateur dramatic society, established over 60 years ago. Its aim is to entertain local audiences with plays of merit.
This is the seventh of Mask’s annual outdoor Shakespeare productions for the festival, following Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and last year’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The Mask always welcomes prospective new members, whether experienced or not.
Tickets for the latest performance cost £6 (£4 for students) and are available from Tourist Information, St Peter’s Arcade on 01733 452336, and on the door.