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June 2005
As You Like It
Picture from the production (Seamus Allen and Annabelle Dowler)
Picture from the production (Seamus Allen and Annabelle Dowler)


AS YOU LIKE IT
3rd June - 9th August

Headington Hill Park

3rd June - 9th August

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By Tim Bearder

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Creation Theatre Company and welcome back for the summer 2005. This year they are starting with As You Like It now and later in July they are doing A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Both classic Shakespeare plays are set in the woods, convenient given the fabulous back drop of the open-air theatre in Headington Hill park.

You'll walk through a gate out of the city and into the lush and secluded confines of the stage area - as much removed from the city as one can be in the heart of Oxford.

Anyone new to the experience can be reassured that every necessity is on hand, even in the middle of the woods. Rugs are for hire should it get chilly, food and drink are available from the bar and toilets are provided. Don't get me wrong it's not a long walk it's just all very convenient.

So given there's nothing to distract you from the joy of the production it's difficult not to find yourself enthralled. It's got everything that the wide expanse of a woodland setting can lend to a production. The space keeps you interested in the antics of peripheral scenes and the low level fire risks allow the use of pyrotechnics in the finale.

I'd be a heretic if I quibbled about the utterly implausible instant love moments that permeate the script, it's Shakespeare, it's also a unique spectacle that only comes round once or twice a year - don't miss it!

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