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As You Like It
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Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar
King John
King Lear
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Macbeth
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
Pericles
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale
Shakespeareana

Available versions

1936: Paul Czinner

1978: Basil Coleman

1983: Sam Levene, Herb Roland

2006: Kenneth Branagh

2010: Thea Sharrock

2011: Kymberly Mellen, Vance Mellen


Adaptations

1994: Alexei Karaev (animated)


Related

1999: Never Been Kissed


As You Like It
2011: Kymberly Mellen, Vance Mellen

This is indeed an odd one. It’s in most respects an amateur production, and it’s filmed with rudimentary technology, using (apparently) hand-held video cameras or at most elementary dollies; it’s a modern-dress version set in the Colorado Rockies. The costumes are contemporary, and the accents make no attempts to be British.

For all that, there’s an infectious engagement in the performances, and it’s played and shot with understanding of the basic story. It manages to draw the audience into its unique matrix of silliness and seriousness in spite of its material limitations. I wouldn’t recommend this as anyone’s first encounter with the play (for that I’d probably recommend the BBC Shakespeare version of 1978). But it goes a long way to show how fantastically adaptable Shakespeare is in the hands of actors who get what they’re saying, and believe in the story.

It’s not free of imperfections. There are a few gaffes that transgress plausibility. The aged servant Adam, who protests that he’ll do the service of a younger man, can’t be over thirty. There are few other compromises of this sort. But it’s definitely worth watching. The manufacturers claim that it’s specifically been made for high school and college literature classes. One could do worse.


Adam: Patrick Newman

Amiens: Kris Paries

Audrey: Lena Latu

Celia: Anne Shakespeare

Charles the Wrestler: Matt Gallacher

Corin: Magarin Hobson

Duke Frederick: Bradley Moss

Duke Senior: Vance Mellen

Jaques: Matt Christensen

Le Beau:  Jon Low

Oliver: Adam Meyers

Orlando: Ben Isaacs

Phebe: Mia Selway

Rosalind: Ashley Bonner

Silvius: Gabriel Spencer

Touchstone: Graham Ward

William:  Jonathan Inman