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Angela Thirlwell is interviewed by Russ McDonald on her highly original biography of Rosalind: the actor-manager of As You Like It is alive, is modern. She’s also a fiction. Played by a boy actor in 1599, she’s a girl who gets into men’s clothes to investigate the truth about love. Both male and female, imaginary and real, her intriguing duality gives her a special role.
What is a man? What is a woman? We are all Rosalind now. With readings by Auriol Smith, actress, theatre director, and founder member and former associate director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond London.
Angela Thirlwell read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford and lectured in English and Theatre Studies for the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London. She wrote The Game of Life for the Catalogue to the Ford Madox Brown Exhibition, Manchester and Ghent and has given a wide range of talks on art and on biography in Europe and the USA. She appeared in a BBC2 Culture Show Special about Ford Madox Ford and is author of William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis and Into the Frame: the four loves of Ford Madox Brown
Russ McDonald Professor of English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London, has also taught at five American universities and won North Carolina Professor of the year. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Mellon Foundation. In 2010-11 he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He also writes regularly for Opera magazine. His works on Shakespeare include Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Late Style, and Shakespeare and the Arts of Language.