Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:43 PM
This was lovely, wonderful, marvellous, like my rave for All’s Well but more so as this touched me emotionally and I can get very sentimental. Pippa Nixon was just excellent as Rosalind and as Ganymede and as Ganymede as Rosalind and when I didn’t want to marry Alex Waldmann I wanted to marry her. I still want to marry Alex Waldmann, who might have been better here than in All’s Well as though his All’s Well character was an interesting concoction of darkness and youth and desires and moderate hatred which came together in a nice package, his Orlando struck me as someone who would win a wrestling match and was a poet and wasn’t quite a romantic and all the characters not paradoxes but characteristics. Joanna Horton maybe better here than AWTEW, maybe, very very good in both. Entire cast a fab ensemble. Songs, LOVED – have listened to the album of songs twice already. Applauded with tears in my eyes and a huge grin on my face.
All opinions are subjective, but this is more subjective than most. If the RSC gave me carte blanche and limitless money to make an As You Like It just for me I think I wouldn’t have pulled it off as well as Maria Aberg did as every little element seemed aimed just at me. I’m a huuuuge Laura Marling fan so I now have a new Laura Marling album, I loved the costumes, the sets, every actor, blah blah blah, I’ll stop boring you, but this production could have been geared directly at me. So I loved it. That’s hugely personal, but I do think most people who don’t share my tastes would enjoy it. It just so happens that Maria Aberg shares my tastes. So this was joyous, for me. Joyous for my friend who is admittedly very similar to me in temperament and tastes and joyous, from the reception, for the whole audience, so maybe it's not as subjective as I think. But I bet I enjoyed it more than most.