The Back of the Book: ‘Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak’
When Rosalind is banished by her uncle, who has usurped her father’s throne, she flees to the Forest of Arden where her exiled father holds court. There, dressed as a boy to avoid discovery, she encounters the man she loves – now a fellow exile – and resolves to remain in disguise to test his feelings for her. A gloriously sunny comedy, As You Like It is an exuberant combination of concealed identities and verbal jourstin, reconciliations and multiple weddings.
This book includes a general introduction to Shakespeare’s life and the Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to As You Like It, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen and a commentary.