As You Like It
The original text
Probably written in 1599 and first published in the First Folio in 1623. The first performance may have been a performance at Wilton House in 1603.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1892: Was to have been performed in Cape Town on Monday 22 February by the Potter-Bellew Company, featuring Mrs Potter and Mr Bellew, but unfortunately the theatre burnt to the ground on the Sunday afternoon.
19**: Staged by the University of Natal, Department of Speech and Drama in 19**, directed by Joan Little, with a cast including Neville Herrington (Orlando), Peter Millin (Oliver), Walter Greyvenstein (Denis), Carel Trichardt (Charles), David Matheson (Monsieur le Beau), Dennis Schauffer (Duke Frederick), Pieter Scholtz (Duke Senior), Roger Orton (Jacques), Jane Osborne (Phebe) and others.
1985: Maynardville 1985. Directed by John Hussey, design by Peter Cazalet, lighting by Brian Kennedy assisted by Malcolm Hurrell, choreography Pamela Chrimes, music Peter McLea. Members of the cast were Dorothy-Ann Gould (Rosalind) and John Whiteley (Duke Senior and Duke Frederick), Terry Greyvenstein (Celia), Victoria Bawcombe (Phebe), and Glynn Day (Touchstone). The cast also included Robert Whitehead, Gordon van Rooyen, Gary Carter, Jamie Bartlett, Mark Graham, David Dennis, David Butler, Russel Savadier, Diane Wilson, Peter Kruger and others.
1999: Performed at Maynardville, directed by Keith Grenville), with Peter Butler, William Prophet, Paul du Toit, John Springett, Hugo Theart, André Roothman, Jason Ralph, Anthea Thompson, Natasha Lampropoulos, Anton Smuts, Jeroen Kranenburg, Blaise Koch, Adrian Galley, Ian Bruce, Farouk Valley-Omar, Leanna Dreyer, Nazli George. Set and costume design by Michael Mitchell, lighting design by Malcolm Hurrell, music composition by Graham Weir.
2009: Maynardville. Directed by Geoffrey Hyland, assisted by Dicky Longhurst (Costumes), Daniel Galloway (Set), William Baker (Music) and Jay Pather (Choreography), Leigh Anderson (Assistant Director). Starring in this production will be Lika Berning (Rosalind), Gys de Villiers (Duke Senior and Duke Frederick), Astara Mwakalumbwa (Celia), Nicola Hanekom (Phebe), Mark Elderkin (Touchstone) together with a full cast.
Tucker, 1997. pp. 68, 474
Maynardville theatre programmes, 1985, 1999.
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