As You Like It

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's only pastoral comedy, As You Like It introduces a heroine who is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest female character and speaks a quarter of the play’s total lines.

 

Banished from court, Rosalind follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, her great wit and good nature show through her male trappings as she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Production
(2009)
William attempts to woo Audrey in Shakespeare's As You Like It
Shakespeare's Globe
(2009)
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BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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As You Like It, LA Theatre Works
LA Theatre Works
(2016)
Audio Theatre
1599

Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim
The popular tales of Red Ridinghood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife. This re-telling, though, goes beyond 'happily ever after' as the characters find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
Production
(2010)

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1986

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing, believed to have been written in 1598, is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, and takes its defamed woman plot from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso.
David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Production
(2011)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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Sam Waterston as Benedick lying down in a small, green and white rowing boat surrounded by greenery
Broadway Digital Archive
(1974)
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RSC
(2014)
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1598

Private Lives

Noël Coward
Glamorous divorcées, Elyot and Amanda, find that their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.
Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens drape their arms over each other in front of a green background.
Production
(2013)
LA Theatre Works
(1994)
Audio Theatre

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The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors is William Shakespeare’s shortest play and conforms to classical ideas of unity, with the action taking place in one location and on one day.

 

In a frenzy of wives, sisters, merchants and encounters with the law, Antipholus of Syracuse arrives in Ephesus with his sidekick Dromio, only to find himself in a whirlwind of confusion upon being mistaken for his long lost twin brother.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and produced by the RSC and Told by an Idiot
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(2009)
BBC Studios
(1983)
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1594

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols
Sheila and Bri's marriage is fraught and fraying, their violently opposed opinions on the best way to care for their daughter are threatening to tear the family apart. Peter Nichols' mid Twentieth-century examination of Britishness, marriage, mental health and attitudes towards disability, asks probing and confronting questions about the meaning of family, the value we place on existence and what constitutes 'a life worth living'.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1967

A Servant of Two Masters

Carlo Goldoni
Played out through mishaps, misfortunes and mistaken identity, Goldoni's play is an exploration of classic archetypes from the school of commedia dell'arte. Featuring one of theatre's greatest 'stock characters' in manservant Truffaldino, A Servant of Two Masters descends into farce via a series of intricate set-pieces.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1746

Jerusalem

Jez Butterworth
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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2009

One Man, Two Guv'nors

An adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 1743 Commedia dell'arte Servant of Two Masters, One Man, Two Guvnors transplants the action to Brighton 1963, and the exploits of Francis Henshall in his attempts to attend to two employers at once.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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2011

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1979

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Shakespeare combined theatricality, Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work.

 

On the eve of the wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta, four lovers find themselves at the mercy of the fairies in the Athenian woods. Interconnecting with a ramshackle group of players rehearsing a play for the celebrations, the stories and confusions interweave and finally resolve.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2013)
Audio Theatre
1595

A Rough in the Diamond

Jeff Santo
Three former big-league baseball players reunite at a fantasy camp and reveal funny and poignant secrets about their lives and careers.
LA Theatre Works
(1995)
Audio Theatre

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1995

A Woman of No Importance

Oscar Wilde
Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion.
LA Theatre Works
(1995)
Audio Theatre

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1893

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll's psychedelic children's novel of a young girl who follows a white rabbit and tumbles into a fantastical world, has been reimagined copious times over the years. This 1932 adaptation from Florida Friebus and Eva Le Gallienne is, perhaps, the most enduring dramatic version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Broadway Digital Archive
(1983)
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1932

All's Well that Ends Well

William Shakespeare

Along with Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well that Ends Well is counted among the ‘problem plays’. Notable for its frequent use of rhyme, the play is considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s most relevant and socially conscious comedies.

 

Helena, orphaned and impoverished follows the countess' son Bertram to court, hoping to win his heart. Bertram, though, has other ideas, resulting in unrequited love and unintended consequences.

BBC Studios
(1981)
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