BBC Television Shakespeare: As You Like It (BBC-2 17 Dec 1978, Helen Mirren, James Bolam)

Helen Mirren (looking very gorgeous) is Rosalind and Brian Stirner (who seems to have been forgotten these days but was quite busy in the late 70’s) plays Orlando, together these lovers yearn for a simpler existence so, taking along friends and servants, decamp to the Forest of Arden, only to find life more complicated than ever. It is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies and its easy to enjoy and get lost in with its bantering wordplay and wonderful settings.

production details
UK | BBC Two | 1×85 minutes | Broadcast 17 December 1978

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Play: William Shakespeare
Music: Sir William Walton
Conducted By: Geoffrey Burgon
Choreographer: Geraldine Stephenson
Editor: Alan Shallcross
Production Design: Don Taylor
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Basil Coleman

Series: The BBC Television Shakespeare Season 1 Episode 3

Angharad Rees as Celia
Helen Mirren as Rosalind
James Bolam as Touchstone
John Quentin as Le Beau
Richard Easton as Duke Frederick
Peter Tullo, Mike Lewin as Palace lords
Tony Church as Banished Duke
Tom McDonnell as Amiens
Carl Forgione, Max Harvey as Forest lords
David Lloyd Meredith as Corin
Maynard Williams as Silvius
Richard Pasco as Jaques
London Pro Musica as Musicians
Marilyn Le Conte as Audrey
Timothy Bateson as Sir Oliver Martext
Victoria Plucknett as Phebe
Chris Sullivan as Dennis
Clive Francis as Oliver
Brian Stirner as Orlando
Arthur Hewlett as Adam
Dave Prowse as Charles
Jeffrey Holland as William
Paul Phoenix, Barry Holden as Pages
John Moulder-Brown as Hymen
Paul Bentall as Jaques de Boys

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