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Duke Frederick has usurped his older brother, Duke Senior, banishing him to the Forest of Arden. Orlando, the younger son of Sir Rowland De Boys, rebels at his older brother’s neglect and is likewise sent away. Rosalind, Duke Senior’s daughter, falls in love with Orlando and he with her after Orlando bests Charles in a wrestling match, but she too is banished in its aftermath. Celia, Frederick’s daughter, joins her cousin in exile along with Touchstone the clown.

Orlando wanders through the forest hanging love verses to Rosalind upon tree branches. Rosalind finds the verses, and, disguised as the boy ‘Ganymede,’ she talks at length with Orlando about his love, offering to pose as Rosalind so that Orlando may practice his wooing. Touchstone plans his own romance with the shepherdess Audrey while Phebe, another shepherdess, falls in love with ‘Ganymede.’ Rosalind pledges to help Phebe love Silvius by eventually revealing her true identity, and Orlando saves his now-exiled brother Oliver from the attack of a lioness. Wounded, Orlando asks Oliver to bring ‘Ganymede’ proof of the fight to explain his absence. When ‘Ganymede’ faints at the sight of Orlando’s blood, Oliver discovers Rosalind’s true identity.

Orlando and Oliver reconcile as Oliver tells his brother that he loves ‘Aliena’ -- the disguised Celia -- and the wedding is set for the next day. Orlando laments that he cannot marry his Rosalind, but ‘Ganymede’ promises to make it possible via magic. At the wedding, Rosalind reveals herself, bringing joy to Orlando and leaving a disappointed Phebe to marry Silvius. Hymen, the god of marriage, marries Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Celia, Silvius and Phebe, and Touchstone and Audrey. After the wedding, the exiles receive the good news that they may all return home.

Peter Holland

There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.

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Actors from the London Stage

The celebrated Actors From The London Stage will be in residence at UW Theatre & Dance March 31 - April 6, and will perform AS YOU LIKE IT April 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m. on the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage.

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