We went to see “As You Like It” at The Old Vic yesterday.  This is one half of the Bridge Project’s 2010 offering – again directed by Sam Mendes – with a brilliant Rosalind from Juliet Rylance and a production that fully explores the darker sides of the play (including a water-boarding scene at the beginning of the second half, vivid enough to send the Observer’s Henry Porter into full rant mode).  The production is excellent and well worth catching if you get the chance.

One particular aspect was rather disconcerting.  There seemed to be an uncanny resemblance between Oliver (the scheming money-fixated and treacherous older brother of Orlando), played by Edward Bennett, and Phillip Oppenheim, the former Conservative MP and blogger, in his younger days.   I’m sure I must have been mistaken ……….

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