""As You Like It" can be enjoyed on different levels. On the surface, it is an idyllic romance, full of happy love and an optimistic philosophy of simple goodness. Life in the forest is a perpetual picnic with few outward signs of the winter's wind. Lovers are reunited, a wronged duke is restored to his rightful dukedom, wicked brothers are instantaneously converted to contrite penitence. All of which is as it should be. But yet it may be that Shakespeare had a private wink for the more sophisticated; for among the denizens of the forest he included Touchstone, a professional cynic, and Jaques, the disillusioned epicure of sensation! Both are caustic observes to whom youthful romantic love is a silly illusion." - G.B Harrison, Editor of texts for the Shakespeare Recording Society.
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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest playwright the world has seen. He produced an astonishing amount of work; 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 poems. He died on 23rd April 1616, aged 52, and was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.
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