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Further casting announced for As You Like It

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IRISH japester, Sean Hughes (pictured) and musical star, Clive Rowe, are to join the already impressive cast of As You Like It.

Irish comic and writer, Hughes, will take on the role of Touchstone, the slightly cantankerous fool of the tale.

Although probably best-known for his genially dark stand-up, Hughes' theatre work includes Art and Patrick's Day.

His TV appearances are numerous and include The Last Detective, Gormenghast, Life's A Bitch, Sean's Show and Never Mind the Buzzcocks; while film work includes Girl on a Cycle, Snakes and Ladders and The Commitments

Clive Rowe will make his West End Shakespearian debut as Duke Senior. His theatre work at the National Theatre and for the RSC is extensive but he has also appeared as Widow Twanky in the Hackney Empire's production of Aladdin.

In 1997, he won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls.

Rowe's most recent West End appearance was in Simply Heavenly which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios from the Young Vic.

Although David Lan's new production maintains the French setting of Shakespeare's original, the action is brought forward by approximately 400 years, to the late 1940s.

The musical accompaniment is in the style of Montand, Brel and Piaf.




PREVIOUSLY POSTED: A NEW production of As You Like It, starring Sienna Miller and Helen McCrory, opens at Wyndham's Theatre on June 21, 2005 (previews from June 3) for a limited period only - until September 3, 2005.

Shakespeare's comedy sees Rosalind (McCrory) and Celia (Miller) banished from court and in fear of their lives. Assuming disguises - a boy and a pauper - they take sanctuary in the magical Forest of Arden where Rosalind discovers her exiled father, uncovers various truths about herself and others, and falls in love with Orlando (Dominic West).

Yet all is not what it seems: men don't always act like men and women can be anything at all.

McCrory is already well-known in theatre circles, having appeared on stage in Trelawny of the Wells, Blood Wedding, Devil's Disciple, The Seagull, Triumph of Love, Platonov and Five Gold Rings. She was most recently seen at the Donmar Warehouse in Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya.

And her screen credits include Anna Karenina, Lucky Jim, The Jury, The Count of Monte Cristo and Hotel Splendide.

Although probably best-known for her liaison with actor, Jude Law, 'boho-chic' Miller has, in fact, two films to her credit - Layer Cake and Alfie.

West too, has appeared on screen - in 28 Days, Metal God, Nicholas Nickleby and Surviving Picasso; while his stage credits include Design for Living (on Broadway), De La Guarda, The Seagull and The Country Wife.

As You Like It will be directed by Young Vic artistic director, David Lan, and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions in association with the Young Vic.

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