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Stafford Festival Shakespeare opens to acclaim in Ludlow

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

  • Tom Radford as Orlando and John Challis as Jacques. Photo by S&B photography.

  • Rosalind and Celia in disguise as Ganymede and Alliena. Photo by S&B photography.

  • As You Like It - The Forest of Arden, photo by S&B photography.

  • Alex Parry as William and Eric Potts as Touchstone. Photo by S&B photography.

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STAFFORD Festival Shakespeare’s first time on the road has been hailed a success by audiences. People took to Twitter to say how delighted they were with the Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of As You Like It which opened in Ludlow. Starring comedy legends John Challis and Eric Potts the show is the first to be sold to another venue as revealed in the Newsletter last year. Michelle England tweeted: “Really cannot recommend enough As You Like It. Excellent performances. If you get a chance go.” Elan Haf Lloyd said: “Saw As You Like It last night, it was wonderful. Never been a Shakespeare fan but I was captivated.” The production was given a four-star review by industry bible The Stage which said: “Any As You Like It stands or falls on the quality of its Rosalind. Georgina White gives us an irresistibly nuanced performance - volatile, vulnerable and crackling with emotional and theatrical intelligence.” Ms White was also singled out by staff at Ludlow Castle as the stewards’ pick for the actor destined for a great future. Cast, crew and producers also went online to say how happy they were. The Stafford Gatehouse blog said: “We were extremely proud to open a Stafford Festival Shakespeare production on tour for the first time on Saturday at Ludlow Castle. The audience gave As You Like It a wonderful response.” House Manager of Ludlow Shakespeare & Arts Festival Kim Simm said: “Another audience bewitched by the fab cast of As You Like It. Each night someone in the audience tells me it’s the best Shakespeare they’ve ever seen.” As You Like It opens at Stafford Castle on Sunday, June 29 and runs until Saturday, July 12. For times and tickets call 01785 254653 or www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

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