As You Like It

Alexandra Ford takes on Shakespeare at The Baby Grand

Jigsaw Theatre Company presents a star-studded production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It in The Baby Grand at the Grand Opera House, from August 21-25.

Alexandra Ford, best known for her role as Dympna in Give My Head Peace, returns to NI's premiere theatre, heading up a wonderful cast of fools, cynics and pretty young things in one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies.

Ford plays Rosalind, the daughter of an ostracised duke, who falls in love with Orlando (Richard Clements), the estranged son of one of the duke's friends. Banished from court by her evil uncle Frederick, Rosalind travels with her loyal cousin Celia to the Forest of Arden where her father lives in exile, setting the scene for mayhem, madness and merriment.

As You Like It is an enchanting, heart-warming and at times hilarious tale of a handsome boy, a cross-dressing girl, a good duke and a not-so-good one, delivered in true Shakespearean style. This performance marks a significant change of direction for Ford, following her successful appearances on stage and screen in Give My Head Peace and Dry Your Eyes.

‘I’ve been itching to turn my hand to Shakespeare,' she says. 'I can’t wait to get stuck in! As soon as I met director Terence Zeeman and artistic director Paul Kennedy, I knew this was the project for me.'

As you Like It plays at The Baby Grand, August 21-25 at 8pm. Tickets are priced £7.50/£9.75 and can be purchased at the Box Office or by telephoning 9024 1919.