After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

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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)

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Director Basil Coleman initially felt that the play should be filmed over the course of a year, with the change in seasons from winter to summer marking the ideological change in the characters, but he was forced to shoot entirely in May, even though the play begins in winter. This, in turn, meant the harshness of the forest described in the text was replaced by lush greenery, which was distinctly unthreatening, with the characters' "time in the forest appear[ing] to be more an upscale camping expedition rather than exile." See more »

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Orlando: Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
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The BEST of the BBC Adaptations!
31 March 2002 | by (Bartlett, TN) – See all my reviews

I can't possibly disagree with the first review more. The cast is splendid, the performances are spot on, and unlike most of the BBC productions it engages you immediately and doesn't bog down.

Richard Pascoe's Jaques is amazing, Hellen Mirren gives her usual strong performance, and so many of the smaller parts stand out. Touchstone for instance steals every scene he's in.

Indeed the only thing you really need wink at is the absurdity of Shakespeare's plot and its fantastical 11th hour resolution, but none of that matters...the play's the thing. Even the music is quite lovely.


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