Certainly a play of two halves; the first being driven by some fine acting from Katy Stephens as the passionate Rosalind and some captivating musical endeavours mixed with fine humour from both Richard Katz (Touchstone) and Forbes Masson (Jaques). The almost sterile initial stage set develops with as much intensity as the characters as the first half progresses. It becomes a visual riot of well designed treats for the viewer. As the second half begins, the creativity of the stage design is further revealed; the viewer is exposed to Orlando’s poetic muses for Rosalind, written on boards all around the theatre. Disappointingly, this bright beginning soon becomes diluted within an insipid second half to the play. O'Neil's ponderous performance as Orlando starts to make you wonder if in fact he is worthy of Rosalind’s heart! Such is the control and power of Stephen's Rosalind, that one is left feeling that perhaps she went home with the wrong man. - Chris R
06 Jun 09
This is a fine production of perhaps one of the lesser performed plays in the Shakespeare cannon, a piece that leaves you feeling optimistic, happy and contented. The staging is highly effective with some fine performances from the company, in particular I enjoyed Forbes Masson playing a quite theatrical Jaques, a fine comic turn from Richard Katz ans Toushtone and at the heart of the play strong and enjoyable performances from Katy Stephens as Rosalind and Jonjo O'Neill as Orlando. I liked it very much. - Paul Wallis
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