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William Shakespeare’s As You Like It: A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal

Showing on Feb 4-6

Playing at York Theatre

Crow's Theatre (Canada)

The title of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It holds a double meaning that teasingly suggests the play can please all tastes. But is that possible? With his subversive updating of the Bard’s classic, cultural provocateur Cliff Cardinal seeks to find out. The show exults in bawdy humour, difficult subject matter, and raw emotion; Cardinal is not one to hold back when it comes to challenging delicate sensibilities. A passage from the original play is worth quoting here:

Sweet are the uses of adversity, 
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, 
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head

Bear those words in mind as you prepare for the surprises in store…

“Unlike any other production of the play, past or future.” 

NOW Magazine

“It is anarchic and tender and seething and raw.” 

Istvan Reviews

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Artist Bio

Cliff Cardinal (Canada)

Cliff Cardinal studied at the National Theatre School of Canada and is an Associate Artist at VideoCabaret. His one-man play Huff garnered many honours and was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Cardinal’s other works include Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special and Too Good to Be True.


York Theatre

639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


  • February 4: 7:30
  • February 5: 2:00 7:30
  • February 6: 4:00

Runtime: 90 mins


Single Tickets: $34


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