Review: The Tempest / As You Like It

By John Nathan, July 8, 2010

Old Vic, London SE1

Sam Mendes's company The Bridge Project serves up a cross-cast pair of Shakespeares featuring a delightfully playful As You Like it, but a Tempest whose laid-back Prospero (Stephen Dillane) is so bored as to be almost boring.

Other key members of the American/British cast also fail to excel in both plays. But outstanding are Christian Camargo, mesmerising as Orlando and exuding reptilian menace as Ariel. Juliet Rylance's Rosalind and Miranda both fizz with yearning. As You Like It, with this time an in-form Dillane, is easily the one to see.

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Last updated: 11:18am, July 8 2010