Cinema Nouveau to screen NT Live’s As You Like It

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Rosalie Craig and Joe Bannister in As You Like It. Photo: Johan Persson

The next production in the National Theatre Live series at Cinema Nouveau is William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of love and change, As You Like It.

Filmed for cinema broadcast during the live production at the Olivier Theatre in London, the screen version releases on Saturday, March 19 at Cinema Nouveau theatres countrywide for four screenings.

Polly Findlay directs As You Like It, in its first production at the National for over 30 years.

With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

Rosalie Craig plays Rosalind, alongside Leon Annor, Philip Arditti, Joe Bannister (as Orlando), Mark Benton (as Touchstone), Paul Chahidi (as Jaques), Jonathan Coote, Rosalie Craig (as Rosalind), Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Fra Fee, Patsy Ferran (as Celia), Hazel Gardner, Patrick Godfrey, Nathan Ives-Moiba, Ellie Kirk, Gemma Lawrence, Siobhán McSweeney, Ken Nwosu, Ekow Quartey, John Ramm, Jay Saighal, Alan Williams and Leo Wringer.

The production features set designs by Lizzie Clachan, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Orlando Gough, movement by Jonathan Goddard, sound by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Kate Waters.

Rosalie Craig’s work for the National includes The Light Princess (for which she won the 2013 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Performance and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Table, London Road on stage and screen, and at Manchester International Festival.

Her other work includes the title role in Miss Julie and Clea in Black Comedy (Chichester Festival Theatre); Lady Macduff in Macbeth (Manchester International Festival); Sweeney Todd (ENO); The Vote and City of Angels (both Donmar Warehouse); Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Company (Crucible, Sheffield); and Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic).

Polly Findlay’s productions for the NT include Treasure Island (also screened at Cinema Nouveau as part of NT Live), Protest Song, Antigone, The Swan and Nightwatchman, and the German-language production of War Horse in Berlin. Her other work includes The Merchant of Venice and Arden of Faversham for the RSC.

As You Like It can be seen at 7.30 pm on Saturday, March 19, 2.30 pm on Sunday, March 20 and at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, March 23 and March 24 at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.  The running time of this production is three hours, including a 20 minute interval.

For booking information on As You Like It, download the Ster-Kinekor App on any smart phone for updates, news and to make a booking. Visit or Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For queries, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live enables audiences to experience the best of British theatre throughout the year, as the National brings cameras into the auditorium to record and broadcast performances from stage to screen. National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 4 million people at 2 000 venues in 50 countries.

Forthcoming productions from NT Live, to be screened at Cinema Nouveau, include:

  • The acclaimed West End transfer of the Royal Court Theatre production of Hangmen by Olivier and Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh, with a cast including David Morrissey, Andy Nyman and Johnny Flynn, from London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, which will be screened from April 9.

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