As You Like It (Elliott/Eyre, 1963): Barbican Cinema, 6pm
This is part of an excellent Barbican film season of William Shakespeare's greatest
plays performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and their extraordinary company of actors,
including Judi Dench, David Tennant and Vanessa Redgrave. You can find the full details here.
This production was one of the earliest hits for the newly established RSC, Michael Elliott’s sparkling version of Shakespeare's comedy is still remembered with joy by a generation of theatre-goers. The design was dominated by a huge oak tree, but the production is most memorable for Vanessa Redgrave’s luminous Rosalind, supported by Max Adrian and Ian Bannen. Fortunately, the BBC made a studio recording, which here receives an exceptionally rare screening.
The Barbican to have invited Vanessa Redgrave to introduce her performance.