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As You Like It - 2010


The play is set in a duchy in France, but most of the action takes place in a location called the 'Forest of Arden', unmistakably Stratford.

Duke Frederick has usurped the Duchy and exiled his older brother, Duke Senior. Senior's daughter Rosalind has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Frederick's only child, Celia. Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom who has fallen in love at first sight of Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver. Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind from court. Celia and Rosalind decide to flee together accompanied by the jester Touchstone, with Rosalind disguised as a young man.

Rosalind, now disguised as “Ganymede”, and Celia, now disguised as “Aliena”, arrive in the Forest of Arden, where Duke Senior now lives with some supporters, including "the melancholy Jaques.”Ganymede" and "Aliena” meet up with Corin, an impoverished tenant, and offer to buy his master's rude cottage.

Orlando and his servant Adam find the Duke and his men and are soon living with them and posting love poems for Rosalind on the trees. Rosalind, also in love with Orlando, meets him as Ganymede and pretends to counsel him to cure him of being in love. Ganymede says "he" will take Rosalind's place and "he" and Orlando can act out their relationship.

Meanwhile, the shepherdess Phebe, with whom Silvius is in love, has fallen in love with Ganymede (Rosalind). The cynical Touchstone has also made amorous advances towards the dull-witted goat-herd girl Audrey, and attempts to marry her before his plans are thwarted by the intrusive Jaques.

Finally, Silvius, Phebe, Ganymede, and Orlando are brought together in an argument with each other over who will get whom. Ganymede says he will solve the problem, having Orlando promise to marry Rosalind, and Phebe promise to marry Silvius if she cannot marry Ganymede. The next day, Ganymede reveals himself to be Rosalind, and since Phebe has found her love to be false, she ends up with Silvius.

Orlando rescues his dominating brother Oliver from a lioness. Oliver repents for mistreating Orlando. Oliver meets Aliena (Celia’s) and falls in love with her, and they agree to marry. Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Celia, Silvius and Phebe, and Touchstone and Audrey all are married in the final scene, after which they discover that Frederick has also repented his faults, deciding to restore his legitimate brother, Senior to the dukedom and adopt a religious life. Jaques, ever melancholy, declines their invitation to stay in the forest with them and also decides to adopt a religious life with the repentant Frederick.