The Royal Shakespeare Company have loaded the wagons , saddled the horses and arrived in wind swept soggy Nottingham this week for a season of Shakespeares finest comedies and romances .
All the way from the sunny banks of Stratford -upon -Avon ( or it was when we were there last August slurping drinks after the full Shakespeare Birthplace visit / tour / mini break ) the RSC opened the season with Measure for Measure .
Sweet Rosalind is banished from her Uncles Court after briefly meeting the the newly arrived handsome Orlando , forced apart she sets out to find her exiled Father the Duke Senior in the Forests of Arden , accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the Fool and the adventures begin .
Pursued by the the love sick Orlando , Rosalind disguised now as the boy Ganymede challenges Orlando to prove his true love by wooing Ganymede as if he was Rosalind – ( slight pause there to work that concept out , not so easy without the pause , rewind button , pop on the subtitles etc , available at home on the sofa )
With twist plots , multiple crossed romances and some great pantomime references with audience members invited on stage , this imaginative contemporary interpretation engages at at a pace – It’s not every day you see a very tight tartan trouser wearing Rod Stewart / Max Wall look a like ,( Touchstone the Fool ) treading the boards in Nottingham.
‘‘ All the World’s a Stage , And all the men and women merely players ; They have their exits and their entrances , And one man ( or indeed women ) in his time plays many parts , ‘’
Great fun , and ‘ All the Worlds a Stage ‘ when true love is proven , the boy goes back to being the girl and in the great pantomime ( sorry Shakespeare) tradition a happy ending ensues .
With equally imaginative new takes on ‘ As You Like It ‘ and ‘ The Taming Of The Shrew ‘ scheduled the RSC at the TRCH delivers , TTFN