For me, the performances were of a four star quality, especially Naomi Frederick (Ceilia), Nina Sosanya (Rosalind), John Killoran (Touchstone) and David Fielder (Jacques). Of the leads, my only gripe would be Martin Hutson's Orlando which seems to come from the "shouting" school of acting which I hate with a passion. I agree with other reviewers though that something is not right with this production and I think that comes down to direction. The "cast as trees, sheep and in Ms Frederick's case a deer" seems to have been the only idea. While amusing for a bit (and allowing some nice movement by Ms Sosanya and Mr Hutson) it is a bit gimmicky and "drama school". This does not take away from a pleasant and touching production. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
26 Aug 03
"A poor Shakespeare"? God, you must be hard to please... I agree that Sosanya's muted performance didn't help this production, but it was better than some reviews led me to expect - and Naomi Frederick is a delightful Celia. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
22 Aug 03
Three stars seems fair - Nina Sosanya, although good, is not emotive enough to draw in the audience as the heroine, however Jaques is excellent, as is the wonderful actor playing both of the Dukes. John Killoran a reasonable Touchstone, although his overacting occassionally is unbearable. A reasonable production of a poor Shakespeare. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
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