Orlando is forced to work like a servant for his brother Oliver, so he goes to win his fortune in a wrestling contest, where he meets a lady of the court, Rosalind. Rosalind (daughter of the deposed duke) is companion to Celia, niece of the deposed Duke, and when the current duke banishes Rosalind from the kingdom, she, Celia, the court jester (and incidentally Orlando) all end up in the forest or Arden, where the deposed Duke holds court. Romantic mixups, cross-dressing, love poems nailed to trees, and a lion await them all. Written by
Kathy Li (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno)
17 December 1978 (UK)
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Also Known As:
The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: As You Like It
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Did You Know?
This was one of only two BBC Shakespeare productions shot on location, the other being Henry VIII
(1979). However, the location shooting received a lukewarm response from both critics and the BBC's own people, with the general consensus being that the natural world in the episode overwhelmed the actors and the story. See more
Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
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