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Shared Experience: A major new production of As You Like It

As You Like ItShared Experience is embarking upon their first national tour since Polly Teale’s final production of Mermaid in 2015. A major new production of As You Like It directed by Kate Saxon, which opened in July at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, embarks on a five-date tour to Richmond from Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th November 2017. As You Like It, a co-production with Theatre by the Lake, will be the first in a series of mid-scale UK tours produced by Shared Experience over the next three years.

Set in the modern world of alternative facts and fiercely jealous leaders, the young Rosalind and her friend Celia find themselves pawns in a power struggle. Together they decide to flee the city and its politics for the forest where they discover a countryside wonderland of peace and harmony. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind meets Orlando and, amidst the intoxicating atmosphere of the forest, counsels him in the art of love.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies with the wittiest and wise-cracking heroine of them all, As You Like It is transformed in a bold new production by Kate Saxon.

The company also announces a team of Artistic Associates who will create a new body of work for Shared Experience over the coming years. They are Theatre by the Lake Artistic Director Conrad Lynch, theatre and television director Rebecca Gatward, former Shared Experience Associate Director Kate Saxon and Olivier Award-winning playwright and director Jessica Swale.

Conrad Lynch said, “Having produced Polly Teale’s final show as Artistic Director, I was delighted to be asked by the board of trustees to manage the next phase of the company’s life, and I’m so pleased that Jessica, Kate, Rebecca and I will be taking Shared Experience on the next part of the journey. We are hugely grateful to Arts Council England and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for supporting the tour of As You Like It and look forward to welcoming audiences at our partner venues later in the year.

Chair of Shared Experience Richard Humphreys said, “It’s enormously exciting that Shared Experience is now back on the road with this production of As You Like It and Conrad, Rebecca, Kate and Jessica are the perfect team to steer the company’s creative renaissance.

As You Like It
Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th November 2017
Richmond Theatre

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