McIntosh’s achievement with the set is world class, and the magical sense of the way the set changes works beautifully to mirror the magic of a world where the future can be predicted by a six foot three and one half inches white rabbit called Harvey. Nigel Haft is luminous in his short scene, a twinkle of joy in his eye, an easy, laconic verve about him. Maureen Lipman is marvellously uptight as Veta, but not even Lipman can shoulder the burden of the play on her own, even in McIntosh’s splendid set and wearing the fabulous frocks he designed for her.
Casting has just been announced for William Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Southwark Playhouse which is being staged to co-incide with the Bard’s 450th birthday. Simon Lipkin (Avenue Q, Rock of Ages, I Can’t Sing) will play Touchstone, Sally Scott (Sense and Sensibility, Watermill and Boeing Boeing) will play Rosalind, Steven Crossley (The Vertical Hour, Broadway, Measure for Measure, National Theatre and Complicite) will play Duke Frederick and Harry Livingstone (nominated for Best Newcomer at the Manchester Theatre Awards for The Glass Menagerie) playing Orlando lead the cast. They are joined by Richard Albrecht (Paddington Bear the Movie, My Child), Dominic Gerrard (Propeller’s The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Kaisa Hammarlund (A Little Night Music , Cabaret and Sunday in the Park with George, Wyndham’s). All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. A brilliant comedy about love, wrestling and … Read more