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As You Like It/The Tempest, Old Vic, London | reviews, news & interviews

As You Like It/The Tempest, Old Vic, London

As You Like It/The Tempest, Old Vic, London

Sam Mendes has an original take on an odd double bill

The Tempest: Edward Bennett and Juliet Rylance as the lovers, and Stephen Dillane as Prospero

The second season of the Bridge Project - a transatlantic relationship forged between between Kevin Spacey, artistic director at the Old Vic in London, theatre and film director Sam Mendes, and Joseph Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music - which aims to make theatrical connections in a series of cross-cast co-productions with American and British actors, has opened with a double header of Shakespeare. At first sight, As You Like It and The Tempest may not appear obvious bedfellows but, as Mendes (who directs both plays) points out in his programmes notes, they both feature a bloody sibling rivalry and a touching father-daughter relationship, and he subtly underlines those parallels.

The second season of the Bridge Project - a transatlantic relationship forged between between Kevin Spacey, artistic director at the Old Vic in London, theatre and film director Sam Mendes, and Joseph Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music - which aims to make theatrical connections in a series of cross-cast co-productions with American and British actors, has opened with a double header of Shakespeare. At first sight, As You Like It and The Tempest may not appear obvious bedfellows but, as Mendes (who directs both plays) points out in his programmes notes, they both feature a bloody sibling rivalry and a touching father-daughter relationship, and he subtly underlines those parallels.

Dillane is certainly the quietest Prospero I have ever seen

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