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The cast of 'As You Like It'

The cast of 'As You Like It', by Madame Yevonde, 1936-1937 - NPG x11654 - © Yevonde Portrait Archive

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The cast of 'As You Like It'

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print on card mount, 1936-1937
11 1/8 in. x 14 1/4 in. (284 mm x 361 mm) image size
Given by Madame Yevonde, 1971
Photographs Collection
NPG x11654

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  • Madame Yevonde (1893-1975), Photographer. Artist associated with 325 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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This production of Shakespeare's comedy was performed at The Old Vic Theatre in London before transferring to the New Theatre (now the Noël Coward Theatre) in February 1937. Yevonde's photograph depicts a cast of thirty actors and provides a glimpse of the colourful scene that audiences would have witnessed on stage.

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Current affairs

Following the death of his father George V, Edward succeeds to the throne as King Edward VIII, but chooses to abdicate in order to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Edward was the only monarch every to voluntarily relinquish the throne.

Art and science

The Spitfire, designed by Reginald Mitchell, has its maiden flight. The RAF and other allied forces used the plane extensively and to great effect during the Second World War.
Television broadcasting begins. Although the BBC had been transmitting television since 1930, regular service did not begin until 1936, when the 'BBC Television Service' (now BBC One) was broadcast from Alexandra Palace.

International

The Spanish Civil War begins. Nationalists, led by General Francisco Franco, and supported by Italian and German fascist governments, rebelled against the Second Spanish Republic. The conflict lasted until 1939, and anticipated many of the features of the Second World War: fighting between Communists and Fascists, the rise of nationalism and the use of terror tactics against civilians.

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22 April 2016, 12:57

The cast for this production is well known, see https://www.kent.ac.uk/library/specialcollections/theatre/r.php/36174/show.html. Edith Evans played the role of Rosalind, Michael Redgrave played Orlando, Eileen Peel played Celia, Milton Rosmer played Touchstone and Sir Alec Guinness played Le Beau and William. From the programme it should be possible to link many more actors and actresses to this portrait.

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