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Jul 14, 2023

As You Like It is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Omar Elerian, who is directing his first show for the Royal Shakespeare Company, was keen to explore it from a “fresh and new perspective”, so he has cast a company of actors who are mostly over 70.
BTG’s Midlands editor Steve Orme spoke to two of the actors, 73-year-old Malcolm Sinclair and Maureen Beattie who’s 69. He asked them what it’s like performing in a company of mature actors and whether there’s still age discrimination in the industry.
As You Like It continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford until Saturday 5 August.

(Photo of Malcolm Sinclair and Maureen Beattie by Steve Orme)