Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Eccentrics on Parade

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Eccentrics on Parade

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A young aristocrat and the daughter of a banished duke fall in love at a wrestling contest. Both are forced from court by family intrigue, and take refuge in the same enchanted forest. She recognises him, but not vice versa, since to avert assault she ha s disguised herself a s a boy.

Confusions ensue.

Stephen Unwin's production of As You Like It (at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, until 26 March) is hoppled from the start by an antipathetic Orlando. A few minutes into the play he charges across the stage and attacks his eldest brother violently from behind. We can only sympathise as Oliver (William Tapley) plot s to have him killed by Duke Frederick's prize wrestler. When the match comes a round, Orlando (David Sturzaker) throws dust in his opponent 's eyes , and is visibly put out at not being allowed to break his neck. …

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