A play about love and with no bad language? Honesty, loyalty and steadfastness rewarded? Personal redemption for the misguided few and literally everyone ending “happily ever after” with four marriages no less?
No, it’s not Walt Disney, but William Shakespeare at his enchanting best. As You Like It, Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy, deals with the fortunes of two separately banished young people already in love after their first brief meeting who for their own safety flee to the magical Forest of Arden, accompanied by their closest friends.
If you have ever been in love – with your partner, with an idea, with life itself – this play, set in modern dress, is for you.
As Sylvius tells all who will listen, love
“ . . . is to be all made of fantasy,
All made of passion, and all made of wishes,
All adoration, duty, and observance,
All humbleness, all patience, and impatience
All purity, all trial, all endurance”
Or as Celia rather more concisely puts it
“O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, and yet again wonderful . . . .”
And when you add a wrestling match, and songs too . . . .