It seems to be obligatory to set Shakespeare’s plays in every time and place except the ones he intended, and this can either be an opportunity to draw parallels and offer new interpretations, or an excuse to wear some stylish costumes. This production is the latter, and though there’s no depth of commentary, at least the Forest of Arden looks snazzy as a 1930’s speakeasy. With the play condensed into an hour, it’s fast paced and fun, though at times the already thin plot feels a little austere. It’s lifted by strong performances, especially from the excellent supporting cast, whose considered characterisation makes Touchstone, Jaques and a scene-stealing Celia the firm focus. The moody sax playing doesn’t hurt either.
Pleasance Dome, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 1.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]