Shake­speare’s wit un­masked

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv -

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.

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